This is a truly unique site at the top of the North Western Ridge of the Barossa Valley. A perfect Easterly aspect and slope catching the morning sun and shaded from the late heat of the day. The soils are lean red clays with ironstone and quartz which produce optimum conditions for dark, savoury fruits and fine, structured tannins. 40% whole bunch in open fermenters, daily foot-treading and hand-plunging for 3 weeks with elevage for 1 year in 50% new 300L barrels, the rest 1 year old.
Colour is deep red. The nose shows aniseed, tar, FruChocs and spicy oak. The fine palate entry has mulberry, cranberry, aniseed and liquorice flowing delicately with Rhone-like spicy, chewy, savoury tannins. Class in spades, no lumps, no bumps, this Brunette should pair well with venison or aged, strong cheeses. Unfined & Unfiltered. Alc 13.9%. Drink 2015-2035. Decant for 1 hour minimum.
"Moppa. 97% Shiraz (1654 clone), 3% Mataro. 10% whole bunch.
Fresh blackberry and boysenberry, spice, liquorice, tar and dried herbs. Medium bodied, juicy bramble fruits, crisp boysenberry acidity, salted beef, firm but fine grained drying tannin, and a long fresh meaty herb infused finish. Has a bit of X-Factor, but needs time to settle into its stride.
Rated : 93+ Points Winefront.com.au
2015 HEAD 'The Brunette' Shiraz - Moppa
Thick with blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Tarry and darkly spiced. Really brooding. Tannins are cast in dense yet
smooth form. The depth of flavor here is stunning, as is the balance. Drink now for a decade or more. Screw cap.....95 Pts James Suckling