More than 60% of this luscious shiraz was hand-picked from our 60+ year old Ballandean vines while the remainder is from adjacent 30+ year old blocks. All these vines are on their own rootstock, with the Old Vine Shiraz from Barossa Shiraz cuttings bought across the border in around 1960 by Dick De Luca, after whom the ASWS Memorial Shield was named. These OLD VINE shiraz were used as the start cuttings for neighbouring vineyards over the years. The younger shiraz vines on this vineyard are also from this special clone and on their own rootstock, giving the unique flavour.
The nose is bright and clean with hints of spice and raspberry, while the palate bursts with bright berries and a hit of white pepper. The use of French oak (18 months in oak puncheons) built structure and mouthfeel and compliments the delicious shiraz fruit characters.
Drinking well now or cellar well for an extended time.