Ambervale Single Vineyard Series

Shiraz Pre-Release
2020

Shiraz is the undisputed king of the Barossa. It was among the first varieties planted here in the early 1840s and has outshone the hundreds of varieties that have been trialled since. The soils and typography of the Barossa are incredibly diverse. We believe that the red, rocky soils of our Ambervale vineyard in the Northern Eden Valley produce some of the Barossa’s most powerful, structured and fragrant Shiraz. This wine is a blend of our best-performing Shiraz blocks from the low yielding 2020 vintage.

DAVE BROOKES (Halliday Wine Companion), May 2023, 96 POINTS. Shiraz from the Ambervale vineyard, wild fermentation, matured in new and seasoned French oak for 22 months. Deep magenta in colour, this is a deeply resonant, powerful rendition of Eden Valley shiraz packed with plush black and dark plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit notes. Dredged with spice, sage, tobacco leaf, violets, roasting meat and earth. Excellent fruit purity and density with latent power to burn and yet, a sense of grace as it sails off. A great example.

 

ANDREW CAILLARD (The Vintage Journal, Barossa), May 2023, 95 POINTS. Deep crimson. Musky blackberry ginger roasted chestnut aromas. Fresh blackberry, musky plum, ginger, flavours, dense chalky tannins, lovely roasted chestnut, vanilla notes and well-integrated fresh acidity. Lovely al dente crisp finish with seductive sweet fruits. Lovely inky richness, complexity and energy. Where less is more. Now-2035.

 

JAMES SUCKLING, July 2023, 93 POINTS. Peppercorn and dried meat to the ripe blueberries, blackberries and violets. A touch of salinity on the palate renders a deliciously savory accent to the concentrated blue and black fruit followed by a long finish with silty, evenly packed tannins. Drink or hold.

 

ROBERT PARKER (Wine Advocate), August 2023, 92+ POINTS. The 2020 Ambervale Shiraz is so pleasingly aromatic with a nose of milk chocolate, raspberries, mejool dates (again, like the Godswalk), licorice and coal dust. In the mouth, the wine is powerfully structured and intense. The 2020 season was the second in a row of very dry conditions, with this year proving even more low-yielding than the low-yielding 2019 that preceded it. This wine is firm and tight and compressed right now. Perhaps it will loosen up in time, perhaps not, but the length of flavor is very good. Spooling… TSSSSSssssss (like the sound of a cast fishing reel, before the “plonk”). 14.8% alcohol, sealed under natural cork.

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