From a single vineyard in Stonewell where the soil is sandy loam over a limestone base (blonde in colour). Always showing perfume and jube-like blue fruits, this vineyard crops naturally at around 1.5 tonne to the acre. The final blend contained 1% co-fermented viognier for colour, lift and vibrancy. I use wild yeasts from the vineyard during fermentation to help convey the true character of the vineyard in the wine.
Fragrantly scented, tightly structured and finely poised - this wine shows the more reserved, feminine face of the Barossa. Delicately portioned and beautifully balanced its fragrant notes of flowers, creme de cassis and blackberry are supported by an underlying swell of black pepper, cocoa and minerals. Supple, smooth, intense, balanced and very very long and without any hint of over ripeness, its ease of drinking and current enjoyment should not limit what is a very good cellaring future. Really classy and individual wine, such as should be made more often in the Barossa Valley. A beauty. Gavin Trott ... for my tastes, the best of this oine yet, stunning wine.
"Stone Well. 100% Shiraz (1654 clone). 33% new French oak (300L). It’s probably hard to split these three 2015 Head Shiraz (Brunette, Blond, Contrarian) on quality, but this is my favourite wine. It kind of reminds me of how Rockford Basket Press used to taste.
This, for me at least, is textbook Barossa Shiraz. It’s perfumed and rosy, smooth with milk chocolate, raspberry and plum, light spicy oak framing the fruit beautifully. Medium bodied, silky and fine, melts on the palate and lays the charm on thick throughout. Turkish delight and gossamer fine tannin trails on a long fresh finish. Delightful."
Rated : 95 Points Winefront.com.au
The nose offers blackberry and redder fruits with a gently chalky and wild red floral edge. The palate is pared right back to emphasize tannin grain and texture. The concentration is here. A bright future. Best from 2022. Screw cap...........96 Pts James Suckling