Ambervale Single Vineyard Series

Shiraz
2019

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 2019 vintage.

 

JAMES SUCKLING, January 2022, 95 POINTS. This is very varietal with dark berries, sweet tobacco, crushed stones and spice. Full-bodied with integrated tannins that are long and creamy. Wet earth and dark berries at the end. Lovely finish. Juicy and delicate. Drink or hold

 

ANDREW CAILLARD (The Vintage Journal, Barossa), May 2022, 95 POINTS. Deep crimson. Intense and muscular dark chocolate, dark berry and liquorice aromas with oak in striong support. Concentrated dark chocolate, blackberry, inky flavours with fine plentiful cedary textures follow, lifted by some chinotto and underlying mocha vanilla complexity. Finishes firm, minerally and shows good ageing potential. Now–2032

 

THE WINE ADVOCATE, Erin Larkin, April 2023, 93 POINTS The 2019 Ambervale Shiraz is a peculiar wine, but I like peculiar: it makes me think. The tannins are a real highlight; they have a pumice stone/pulverized character, and really draw the dark purple/gray fruit characters over the tongue and through into the long finish. It’s midnight dark in the glass and resiny and dark in its soul, but it’s detailed and focused too. Black tea, blackberry/raspberry seeds, fennel, dark cocoa and graphite. Good. Structure over fruit.

 

HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION, Dave Brookes, May 2022, 95 POINTS. Hand-picked shiraz from the Ambervale vineyard in Moculta. Aged in French oak for 23 months. There’s a lovely purple sheen to the hue in the glass as the wine shows characters of deep, spicy black fruits, sheathed in cedary oak, licorice and dark chocolate. Impressive fruit flow and presence on the palate; balance and composition all in check, ripe tannin support and a graceful and long curtain call. Elegant drinking and a great prospect for the cellar.

 

JEB DUNNUCK, April 2023, 96 POINTS. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2019 Shiraz Ambervale is more closed and backward, with promising ripe darker fruits as well as peppery herbs and some gamey, exotic nuances that develop with air. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it has ample structure, good mid-palate depth, and a great finish. This isn’t an up-front fruit bomb, and it has real depth and class. Give bottles a solid decant if drinking any time soon, and it’s going to have 10-15 years longevity. It’s beautifully done.

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