Three Kings is the pinnacle Shiraz in the Hans Stockhausen collection and this second release is a triumph of regional character and varietal definition. The combination of premium low yielding vineyards, mild vintage conditions and skillful hand crafted winemaking has delivered this stunning contemporary expression of prestige Barossa Shiraz.
The journey commences with the first pour into the glass. The colour is intense inky black with a vibrant hue of dark cherry red on the rim and long viscous legs coating the side of the glass.
At room temperature the bouquet fills the air with a luscious savoury sweet combination of toasty oak, red berries and heady alcohol. Deeper in the glass are more complex aromas of spiced raisins, cedar wood and roast coffee grounds with hints of dark chocolate.
The palate shows great richness and sophistication with fruit sourced from Seppeltsfield and Ebenezer giving ripe blackberry and plum character while fruit from the cooler Barossa ranges add licorice spice with a lift of menthol and eucalypt. The mouth-feel is full and round with velvety tannins giving a smooth texture and small oak adding a smoky, earthy intensity. The finish goes on forever leaving a sensation of completeness and satisfaction.
A sumptuous platter of fine farmhouse cheese and gourmet Barossa delicacies like spicy mettwurst, garlic sausage, pickled gherkins and Pheasant Farm pate would make a great partner to this wine. Equally, it will add an extra dimension to your favourite BBQ steak or slow cooked veal shank or roast beef … the opportunities are endless.
This is a very powerful wine and has enjoyed expert winemaking and skillful oak maturation. It clearly has a sophisticated pedigree and will develop beautifully with age. It needs plenty of breathing after opening and would benefit from decanting. The screw cap closure will prevent any risk of cork taint but it will need cool dark conditions for extended cellaring. It’s a wine that will comfortably survive till the next generation.