2012 Zen Master Shiraz (Vineyard est. 1912)

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  • From one of the oldest vineyards on the planet! A true exclusive collectors item.
    This is the first release of Zen Master Shiraz, and it qualifies for that rare monicker, “Centurion Vineyard” indicating that it comes from vines 100 or more years old. Few vineyards, anywhere in the world get to this age so the vines, their grapes and the wine deserve respect.

    As befits a vineyard of such age the grapes were hand-picked and fermented in an open-topped fermenter at the Atze’s Corner winery.  Judicious plunging of the ferment extracted the deep colour and tannins from the grapes without overwhelming the aromas and flavours.  There was no birthday cake or candles for the vineyard but Andy did buy a brand new French oak puncheon in which to mature the wine he’d lovingly made from the vines planted a century ago by the Atze family.  A puncheon is a slightly larger barrel than is usually used and it imparts an especially delicate oak character to the wine, perfect for a wine such as this.

    The inky-deep purple colour catches your eye while floral characters, violet and rose petal, stream from the glass.  Drinking Zen Master is pure joy, it is silky smooth, utterly seamless and perfectly balanced.  Ripe, black fruit characters dominate the palate complexed by pepper spices and dark chocolate, a note of vanilla and hazelnut.  So young, yet so polished.  Too young in fairness, we’ve waited 100 years for the vines to grow we really should wait another decade to really enjoy this wine and even then it won’t be close to its best.  If you must open a bottle now we suggest that you decant it perhaps six hours ahead of time to allow it to give some hints of the things to come.

    Only 600 Bottles produced.

    96 Points James Halliday’s Wine companion  

    Optimal Serving.

    • Serve at 16 degrees Celcius for optimal flavour and aromatic expression.
    • Decant or open one hour before serving to open up aromas and soften the tannins.

     

    • 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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