Huon Hooke - The Real Review
96 Points - 5 Stars Gold / Top Ranked Wine
#6 Ranked 2020 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Deep dark red-purple colour with a sweet blackberry aroma, traces of dark-chocolate and vanilla, the palate concentrated and fleshy, deep and plush with a big core of fruit sweetness and then alcohol warmth and lashings of supple tannins to conclude. Chocolate again lingers. Superb wine. - HH, TRR
Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
This wine will continue to mature until at least 2036.
A total of 800 bottles produced, each individually numbered.
Volume - 750mL
Alcohol Volume - 14.5%
2020 Eisenstone Ebenezer Shiraz SR802
The grapes were sourced from Adrian Hoffmann's vineyard at Ebenezer in the northern end of the Barossa Valley. The blend is largely from the Micken block which is a younger planting on small red loan rise that is of extremely high potential. Depending on the year the blend also carries wine from the Dallwitz old vine plot.
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.
The colour is rich and deep with purple hue. The flavours are concentrated but with a finesse and poise and associate with the Northern Barossa. The nose is of classic blueberry and savory oak aromas. The palate has abundant berry fruit supported by a tight tannin structure that pulls the wine together to give it persistence.