Old Bastard Shiraz

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Alcohol15.7 %
TA6.25 g/l

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Grape Variety100% Shiraz
Vineyard SoilsLoam over clay (Nuriootpa)
Vine AgeShiraz planted in 1893
GIBarossa Valley

The 2010 vintage was Mother Nature at her most serene and giving. In what amounted to a close to perfect growing year. The rainfall was at its efficient best. The winter was wet, well at least wetter than it had been in the previous four dusty drought scuffed years, but enough to load our sponge like clays and enough to provide sustenance for an even bud burst, essential for the long march to a perfect vintage.


Fruit was hand-picked and sourced from Shiraz vines planted in 1893.


Crimson and garnet, with a dark edge.


Intensity. All black and blue fruits are assembled on a foundation of warm Mintaro slate and earthen clay. Oak frames the lot with dark chocolate, cedar. Quite complete quintessential Barossa Shiraz.


A heavy weight, but agile and is pretty too. Slinky mature tannin with a dusting of oak, and driving length, has a canyon like echo aftertaste. Stitched together with tangy acidity, which helps maintain the illusion that the alcohol is lower than it really is.


Half-life of 20 years.