Once in a while, a parcel of wine stands out. When I tasted my 2016 wines, it was clear that this Shiraz from Ken Loveday’s Moppa vineyard is one of those wines. It is an exceptional barrel of Barossa Shiraz that deserves to stand alone as my first single barrel release – Jason Schwarz
|Elevation:||330m above sea level|
|Soil Profile:||Siliceous sands and ironstone conglomerates atop a thin layer of impervious pebbly grey clay, with a subsoil layer several metres thick of free-draining white Moppa sand.|
|Region:||Moppa, North West Barossa Valley, South Australia|
|Harvest date:||26 February 2016|
|Oak maturation:||Matured for 20 months in a new Tonnellerie Sylvain hogshead barrel. These barrels are created from a combination of three 180-year-old oak terroirs:
West| BÉLLÊME FOREST Orne department (61) | Aromatic intensity in the nose, vanilla aromas, sweetening of the mid-palate.
East | ERMENONVILLE FOREST Oise department (60) | Structure giving volume and length.
Paris Area | ORLÉANS FOREST Loiret department (45) | Balance aromas and tannins, structure.
|Bottling date:||390 bottles – 8 December 2017|
|Cellaring potential:||Drink now to 2032 and beyond|
“This new French oak barrel stood out in the classification process, and it’s not hard to see why. This is a wine with more of everything in the Robert Parker mould to be sure, but has to be recognised in the top tier.”
JAMES HALLIDAY, August 2019