SOLD OUT - 2015 CRFT SHIRAZ - THE FECHNER VINEYARD

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The Vineyard               

Owned and farmed by Graeme and Michael Fechner at Moculta in the Eden Valley.

Site location:    Moculta – Eden Valley

Map coordinates: -34.475005,139.071367

Clone:            1654

Planted:          1999

Elevation:        345m

Aspect:           East facing

Rows:             35 to 37

Harvest:          4thMarch 2015

Tonnes:           2.1T

Soil:  Sitting on the edge of a marble seam, the ancient earth is a mixture of grey schist, integrated with shallow limestone and red clay. Packed with minerality.

 

The Winemaking               

Hand-picked in the cool of the morning and gently destemmed to preserve whole berries.

Fermented in an open top tank with a light hand plunge two-three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks’ barrel fermentation followed by 10 months’ maturation in oak - 80% French, 20% American, 15% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled on 15th February 2016, 140 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                 

Meaty and savoury with smoky notes and black cardamom, yet lifted with bright fruits, berries and fresh plum. Dense and layered, every mouthful offers more to the story. The soil, the minerality, the small sweet dark berries all there, giving a wine of great elegance and depth.  Complex and intriguing as always and classically Eden – it opens, grows and evolves with every glass.

Alcohol: 14.0% alc/vol

RRP: $45

Release: 2017 Winter release

SOLD OUT 2015 Shiraz – Little Hill Vineyard

 

The Vineyard                                  

John and Al Shobbrook own and farm this biodynamic vineyard.

Site location: Seppeltsfield – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.501853,138.915622

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 241 meters

Aspect: West facing

Rows: 30-35

Harvest: 17th February 2015

Tonnes: 1.05T

Soil: Heavy, dense dark brown and red clay over limestone.

 

The Winemaking        

Hand-picked in the cool of the morning and gently de-stemmed to preserve whole berries. Fermented in an open top tank with a light hand plunge two-three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak with three weeks’ barrel fermentation followed by 11 months’ maturation in oak – 55% French, 45% American, with 35% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled on 15th February 2016, 78 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                

With its dense rich soil and warm sunny slope, the Little Hill Shiraz is intense and opulent. Generous dark cherry fruit and blackberry jam with cardamom and vanilla spice. The palate bursts with layers of fruit, smooth, silky and vibrant, with powdery tannins and baked gingerbread biscuit notes.

Alcohol: 14.5% alc/vol

Release: Winter release - Aug 2017.

Drinking... enjoy now or cellar to 2035.

 

Reviews                              

94 points - Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion.

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

93 points - Huon Hooke

 

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SOLD OUT 2015 SHIRAZ - CEMETERY VINEYARD

 

The Vineyard                                  

Andy Kalleske grows our Cemetery Vineyard Shiraz.

Site location:    Ebenezer – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates:  -34.400246,139.001391

Clone:            1654

Planted:          1998

Rows:             25 to 28

Elevation:        280 meters

Aspect:           North West facing

Harvest:          19th February 2015

Tonnes:           2.07T 

Soil: Clay loam topsoil over deep red clay and ironstone - the ancient tight red clays restrict vine growth, increasing the intensity of flavour and colour in the fruit.

 

The Winemaking        

Picked in the cool of the morning and gently destemmed to preserve whole berries.

Fermented in an open top tank with a light hand plunge two to three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak with three weeks’ barrel fermentation followed by 10 months’ maturation in oak - 80% French, 20% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled on 15th February 2016, 141 dozen produced.

 

The Wine                                

Never on the shy side, the Cemetery Shiraz bears all. Rich and concentrated, dried fig, blackberry, blackcurrant and cinnamon. The palate is velvety and smooth with pops of red current. Dark and bold, yet elegant and feminine, she is all power and soul.

Drinking: Ready now or cellar to 2030, perhaps beyond.

Alcohol: 15% alc/vol

RRP: $39

Release: Oct 2016

 

Reviews                              

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

93 points - Huon Hooke

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 SHIRAZ - LITTLE HILL VINEYARD

The Vineyard                      

Little Hill Vineyard is owned and farmed by John and Al Shobbrook.

Site location: Seppeltsfield – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.501853,138.915622

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 241 meters

Soil: Heavy, dense dark brown & red clay soil over limestone.

Aspect: West facing

Rows:  30-35

Harvest: 21st February 2014

Tonnes: 2.04T

 

The Winemaking                       

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation - 60% French, 40% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,848 bottles, 154 doz. 

 

The Wine                      

The warmest site with rich dense soils reflected in this wine. Complex but refined, with dark chocolate and savoury spice.  Sip and uncover the layers of dark fruits with dried figs and prunes, it lingers with star anise spice and walnut tannins.

Drinking...Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2029.

Alcohol 14% alc/vol

 

Reviews                      

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

92 points - Huon Hook

 

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SOLD OUT - 2014 SHIRAZ - CEMETERY VINEYARD

The Vineyard                              

Cemetery Vineyard is owned and farmed by Andy Kalleske and his parents.

Site location: Ebenezer – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.400246,139.001391

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 280 meters

Soil: Clay loam topsoil over deep red clay - the ancient tight red clays restrict vine growth and increase the intensity of flavour and colour in the fruit.

Aspect: North West facing

Rows: 25 to 28

Harvest: 7th March 2014

Tonnes: 2.15T

 

The Winemaking                              

Destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation - 60% French, 40% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 2nd February 2015 – 1,794 bottles, 149 doz

 

The Wine                            

Polished, precise and all things nice. Typically Ebenezer, dense, dark and packed full of flavour, with cardamom spice and sweet fruit. The wine from the ancient gnarly rocks and vibrant orange clays yields blackcurrant and cranberry fruit with notes of leather and blackberry jam. It finishes with power and earth.

Drinking...Ready to drink upon release or cellar to 2034.

Alcohol 14% alc/vol

 

Reviews                            

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

95 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

95 points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion magazine

 

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SOLD OUT 2014 SHIRAZ - FECHNER VINEYARD

The Vineyard                                  

Fechner Vineyard is owned and farmed by brothers Michael and Graeme Fechner near Moculta in the northern end of the Eden Valley.

The Fechner Vineyard is unique, being one of only a few eastern-facing vineyards in the Eden Valley region. The eastern slope offers cooler daytime temperatures together with higher altitude and cool valley winds, which produces optimum growing conditions for Shiraz.

Site location: Moculta – Eden Valley

Map coordinates: -34.475005,139.071367

Clone:  1654

Planted: 1999

Elevation: 345m

Aspect: East facing

Harvest: 21st March 2014

Tonnes:  1.78T

Soil:  Broken Grey schist integrated with shallow limestone and red clay, very complex ancient soil.

 

The Vineyard                              

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation – 60% French, 40% American, with 20% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled:  2nd February 2015

Production:  1,466 bottles – 120 dozen

 

The Wine                                  

Somewhat shy at first, our Eden Valley Shiraz playfully opens with cardamom, tea leaves and dense dark berries. The mouth has a burst of sweet velvety fruit, charred with dark chocolate-coated oranges and layered with earthy tannins, just like the site. Every glass offers more to an unfolding journey, elegantly rich and alluring.

Drinking: Enjoy now or cellar to 2044.

Alcohol: 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                                 

97 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion.

95 points - Jane Faulkner, for Wine Companion

95 points - Huon Hooke

94 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT - 2013 SHIRAZ - LITTLE HILL VINEYARD

 
 

The Vineyard                      

Little Hill Vineyard is owned and farmed by John and Al Shobbrook.

Site location: Seppeltsfield – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.501853,138.915622

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 241 meters

Soil: Heavy, dense dark brown and red clay soil over limestone.

Aspect: West facing

Rows:  30-35

Harvest: 21st February 2013

Tonnes: 1.92T

 

The Winemaking                       

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak for 11 months maturation - 60% French, 40% American, with 75% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 25th February 2014 – 1,476 bottles

 

The Wine                      

Like a hug from your mum, this west facing block yields a warm, generous and giving wine. Packed with warm spices, dark fruits, vanilla and good manners.

Drinking...Drink now or cellar to 2028.

Alcohol 14.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                      

95 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

93 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

 

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SOLD OUT - 2013 SHIRAZ - CEMETERY VINEYARD

 
 

The Vineyard                              

Cemetery Vineyard is owned and farmed by Andy Kalleske and his parents.

Site location: Ebenezer – Barossa Valley

Map coordinates: -34.400246,139.001391

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1998

Elevation: 280 meters

Soil: Clay loam topsoil over deep red clay – the ancient tight red clays restrict vine growth and increase the intensity of flavour and colour in the fruit.

Aspect: North west facing

Rows: 25 to 28

Harvest: 21st February 2013

Tonnes: 2.12T

 

The Winemaking                              

Destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak for 11 months maturation - 60% French, 40% American, with 60% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 25th February 2014 – 1,788 bottles

 

The Wine                            

A block with roots in our family tree, sitting just a stone’s throw from the cemetery where Candice’s great-grandparents are buried in the ancient clay of Ebenezer.

Cardamom, tar, blackberry jam, and intensely rich fruit – classic Ebenezer through and through.

Drinking...Ready for drinking upon release or cellar for 20+ years.

Alcohol 15% alc/vol

 

Reviews                             

94 points - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion

92 points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

 

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2013 SHIRAZ - FECHNER VINEYARD

 
 

The Vineyard                                  

Fechner Vineyard is owned and farmed by brothers Michael Fechner and Graeme Fechner near Moculta in the northern end of the Eden Valley.

The Fechner Vineyard is unique, being one of only a few eastern facing vineyards in the Eden Valley region. The eastern slope which offers cooler daytime temperatures, together with higher altitude and cool valley winds produces optimum growing conditions for Shiraz.

Site location: Moculta, Eden Valley

Map coordinates: -34.475005,139.071367

Clone: 1654

Planted: 1999

Elevation: 345 meters

Soil: Broken grey schist integrated with shallow limestone and red clay, very complex and ancient soil.

Aspect: East-facing

Rows:  35 to 37

Harvest: February 23, 2013

Tonnes:  1.90T

 

The Winemaking                                  

Hand-picked and destemmed to an open-top tank for fermentation and gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Basket pressed directly to oak for 11 months maturation - 55% French, 45% American, with 75% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered and vegan.

Bottled 25th February 2014 – 1,566 bottles

 

The Wine                                  

Over the last 900 million years a large chunk of dolomite was pushed up into the landscape at Penrice, crumbling all the land around it.

Next to this in the rich, complex gravel the Fechner Vineyard produces a deep and concentrated wine with immense spices and 900 million years’ worth of minerality. Elegant and deep to the core.

Drinking... Ready for drinking upon release or cellar for 20+ years.

Alcohol 13.5% alc/vol

 

Reviews                                 

96 POINTS - James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine (May 2015)

"Matured in 55% French, 45% American oak (75% new); grown on 900-millionyear- old gravel soils. As far removed from the Cemetery Vineyard Ebenezer Shiraz as the sun from the moon, this is all about elegance and intensity, with fruit and oak spices to the fore, but leaving ample opportunity for the tangy cherry, plum and blackberry fruits to state their case. 131 dozen made. 13.5% alc, cellar to 2033."
James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine - Top Cellaring Selections 2015

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92 points - Huon Hooke, Silver Ribbon, August 2015.

Awarded #11 of 50 2013 Shiraz wines tasted from Barossa.

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94 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

 

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