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 - 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 - 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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