This Shiraz, from 400 vines planted in 1881 is Barossa history in a bottle. Hand-picked from the vineyard still managed by the sixth-generation of the Schiller family, only 1700 bottles have been produced.

An intensely dark coloured Shiraz with a complex array of aromatics – black cherry and dark plum, star anise and cinnamon framed around well managed French oak.

“The 400 vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller in 1881 were saved from the bulldozers at the last moment in the Barossa Valley Vine Pull Scheme, allowing this wines to be made and enjoyed today. There’s a lot of oak to go with the fruit, so patience is needed. In 10 years this will knock your socks off.”

Opens quickly to luxe fruits, maraschino cherry, fruits of the forest and some black plum skin, building in its layers of salty licorice, dark chocolate and dried Mediterranean herbs. Needs time to spread its wings before glazed Christmas ham and sweet red earth show through the fruit. Though it has a similarly luxurious palate, this wine is testament to the balance that can be found from old vine Shiraz, with framing tannin and succulent acidity.

*Tasting notes written by Christian Canala at Vinify Wine Co*

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