2012 Eddies Old Vine Shiraz

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  • The 2010 Eddies sold out in 3 months. This 2012 vintage will give it a run for it’s money and won’t last long! Only 100 cases produced. And we’ve found a few in the back of the winery. Limited stock remaining.

    Named in honour of the two Barossans who planted a vineyard in 1912, The Eddies Old Vine Shiraz celebrates the Barossa’s irreplaceable treasure-trove of old vineyards.  Combining the fruit from a pre-Gallipoli vineyard, planted in 1912, with fruit from a 59 year old vineyard Andy Kalleske has captured the essence of these ancient vines which his parents, Barb and John have been nurturing for forty years. 2010 is universally recognised as an amazing Barossa Shiraz vintage and my view is that this is one which you should have in your cellar; we haven’t seen a vintage this good for a long, long while.

    Tasting Note By Phil Reedman MW

    The Barossa Valley is unique resource of old vines; circumstances have conspired to see vines of an age found in few other places.  Old vines, though unproductive in terms of quantity offer grapes of unrivalled intensity of flavour.

    Happy one hundredth birthday!  In 1912 Eddie Liebig and Eddie Staehr planted a Shiraz vineyard which forms the basis of this wine.  The balance is made up of some senior-citizen vines which the Kalleske family have tended since 1975.  You’re drinking history with this wine.  Fittingly only 100 dozen bottles were produced.

    2012 vintage rates right up there; an ideal growing season gave winemakers just the grapes they wanted. Andy Kalleske has done justice to those grapes producing a sumptuous bottle of wine.  Opaque ruby colour, with a coal tar and sweet spice aroma. The palate is silkily smooth and seriously full-bodied; the fruit concentrated and bright.  Classic Shiraz fruits of spicy dark damson and  blueberries are layered against fine, integrated oak.  At this stage I’d really prefer to keep it in the cellar for another five years to let that fruit mature and develop into something approaching its full complexity. It will keep for fifteen or twenty years such is its finesse and balance. A very special bottle of Barossa wine.

    Vineyard #1

    Planted – 1912 by Eddie Staehr and Eddie Leibich for the Atze Family
    Orientation – East/West
    Vine/Row Dimensions – 3 x 3 metres
    Soil – 25cm of Sandy loam over deep red clay
    2012 Yield – 1 tonne per acre

    Vineyard #2
    Planted – 1951 by the Atze Family
    Orientation – North/South
    Vine/Row Dimensions – 2 x 3.4 metres
    Soil – 40cm of brown loam over red clay
    2012 Yield – 1.2 tonne per acre

    Vineyard #3

    Planted – 1975 Planted by John and Barb Kalleske
    Orientation – North/South
    Vine/Row Dimensions – 2 x 3.4 metres
    Soil – 30cm of brown loam over red clay
    2012 Yield – 1.5 tonne per acre

    Winemaking

    Open Fermented – Hand Pump-Overs –Basket pressed –
    Maturation – 22 Months in 25% new and 25% old French and 25% new and 25% old American Oak Hogshead barrels
    Cases produced – 100 Alcohol 15.5%

    Optimal Serving.

    • Serve at 16 degrees Celcius for optimal flavour
    • Quickly decant to clarify the wine before enjoying.

     

    • Vintage:  2015
      Grape Varieties: Shiraz 100%
      Harvest Date: March 2015
      Bottling Date: July 22nd 2016
      Technical Details: 14.5% Alc. | 3.6 pH | 5.2 TA
      Food Pairing

      Perfect for high grade Wagyu steak or slow roast lamb

      Serving Temperature:

      16 Degrees Celcius.

      Cellaring:

      Enjoy 2016 or carefully cellar until. 2028

      Background/Story:

      The Bachelor’ is produced by carefully selecting small sections of wine grapes from the family owned vineyards of Atze’s corner wines. As every variety of wine grapes is affected by the climate differently every vintage

      This vineyard was named in honour of the previous owner of the land, Bert “The Bachelor” Kleinig, who sold the land to the Kalleske family. Prime vineyard territory that it is, Barb and John just had to plant it with Shiraz.Koongunga, with the Kalleske family’s five generations of grape growing experience and you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for success.

      Maturation

      18 Months in 20% New french oak and 3rd and 4th fill mix of French and American Oak Hogsheads to give stunning oak smoothness and rich mouthfeel.

      Vineyard:

      Two of the Barossa Valley’s Sub regions make up 100% of the Shiraz in this wine. They are Ebenezer and Koonunga – The Shiraz is the most northerly family owned vineyard in the Barossa Valley, Elevation 280 metres, an annual rainfall of 500mm, red/brown earth over deep red clays, warm to hot summer days, cool/cold nights.tage, only the parcels of fruit of appropriate quality are selected in the blend.

      Vintage:

      A very warm and low yielding vintage has given wines of real strong black fruit and fine tannin. Along with an excellent capability of being rewarded with careful cellaring and patience.



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