Heirloom Vineyards Barossa Shiraz 2018
The Heirloom Vineyards Barossa Shiraz comes from ancient, gnarled vines, some approaching and many over a hundred years of age that not only survive but thrive on their own roots in some of the oldest soils on the planet. Matured for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak the nose has damson plums, reduced plums and plum jam made yesterday morning and, plum chutney too. All of this plummy aromaticity is set off by other primary fruit drivers: olives, bay, the more freshly picked woody herbs such as sage and rosemary. On the palate the wine has a ripe yet restrained profile of fruit purity, it is clean, clear and defined – etched minerality and savouriness runs in fine powdery tannic layers. This is Barossa that is beautiful not brazen; beguiling not boisterous; a balance not a bomb, yet still indubitably - Barossa.