Vintage 2015 in the Barossa produced some premium parcels of classic Shiraz. Five years on, it’s getting rare to find on the shelf. This current release Black Shiraz was identified early as a wine with great aging potential and given extra cellar maturation to enhance the fruit richness and to develop further complexity, before bottling in October 2020. As always, this wine celebrates the vineyard with distinctive characteristics that are full flavoured and long-living.
“This wine will be a worth while first taste of a new style for many people. It is Barossa meets Spain with aromas of tarry, black liquorice star anise with a remarkable five years in oak maturation, hence “late bottled release” in new American oak. The flavours integrate the dark fruit, chocolatey oak and soft tannins into a cross over between Rioja Gran Reserva production techniques and Barossa Shiraz flavours. The palate is smooth with long complex flavours and ready right now.
There is original thinking in this remarkable style.”
The appearance is deep burgundy with a subtle brick red edge and sticky alcohol “legs” coating the side of the glass.
The initial bouquet is lively and heady followed by dark berry fruit and seductive, rich chocolate aromas. Toasty oak is obvious in the background with layers of spice and confection supported by earthy mushroom and olive characters.
The early palate has an initial rush of blackberry and plum fruit before more herbal, earthy flavours build on the mid-palate. It then takes on savoury elements of black olives, cured meats and spices. Tight dusty tannins give a full, dry mouth-feel while the lift of sweet alcohol spirit gives a warm mellow sensation. The finish is long and clean with a lingering, smoky after taste.
This is a rich and versatile style of Shiraz. The palate weight is solid and full with a luxurious silky texture making it a great match to strongly flavoured meat dishes like crispy pork belly or Spanish style spicy sausage.
As with previous vintages of Black Shiraz, this wine has the hallmarks of becoming a timeless keeper, gaining richness and further complexity within cellar maturation. Many wines from 2015 have already vanished from the shelves but this late bottled release is just starting its phase of bottle maturation. It will continue to develop and provide enjoyment over the next ten plus years.
This wine has had minimal filtration and will develop a light crust over time. For extended cellaring, decanting is recommended and allow it to breath at room temperature to bring out the best.