Huon Hooke - The Real Review
99 Points - 5 Stars Gold / Top Ranked Wine
#1 Ranked 2020 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Very deep dark and bright purple-red colour with a mesmeric bouquet of lifted red and blue fruits, dark chocolate and vanilla, dried herbs and a flash of ironstone. At the heart of the wine is a geneorus dollop of sweet blackberry fruit and the tannins though ample are well balanced by the flavour. An amazing wine: great character, already tremendously detailed and promising to develop into a great wine of super-special complexity and distinction.
Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
This wine will continue to mature until at least 2035.
Only 400 bottles produced, each individually numbered.
Volume - 750mL
Alcohol Volume - 14.5%
2020 Ebenezer Hoffmann Ebenezer Shiraz SV902
The grapes for the Hoffmann single vineyard wine are sourced from the famed Dallwitz Block, which was largely planted between 1888 and 1912, and more specifically rows 25-30 of the “younger” 7+ year old vines. Depending on the vintage conditions generally between 800 and 2,400 bottles are produced but in the drought vintage of 2020 only 400 bottles were produced.
The grapes were fermented in small batches and after fermentation was matured in 50% new French oak for 18 months prior to bottling. Minimal intervention is used in the winemaking process and the wine is moved the minimal times prior to bottling and is not cold stabilised or filtered.
Deep intense ruby red in colour. Savory fruit with ripe berry fruits overlaying spicey oak characters. The wine is typical of Barossa Old vine and is luxurious and coats the mouth giving eh wine extraordinary depth and length of flavour. The structure is balanced for ease of drinking when young but will support development over many years of careful cellaring.