Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the family owned and operated vineyard of Garden & Field. The site is spectacular and takes in a landscape of rolling hills with neighbouring vineyards spotted in the distance. A stone cottage built in 1854 is once again surrounded by vineyards and producing wines grapes of ultimate quality. Planted to multi sourced Shiraz clones on own roots, non-irrigated vines facing a southerly aspect, with row orientation east to west. Elevation is 390mm with terroir being ancient volcanic soil of red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over red clay & limestone.
The season began with good winter rain and followed by an average spring.The soil profile was wet and budburst/growing season was off to a good start. With December came warm summer days and unlike the valley floor area, cool evenings gave the vines respite from the daily heat. The dry conditions from high altitude breezes, kept disease pressure low. Overall an excellent vintage and one which will be regarded as a favourite.
Hand-picked Shiraz bunches were de-stemmed and fermented as whole berries. Hand plunging occur daily and left on skins for 14 days. The juice was then gentle basket pressed and transferred to new French Troncias and Jupilles oak for 26 months. An A-grade cork closure was selected, 100% TCA free to guarantee a very fine wine.
Deep crimson red with purple hue.
Aromas of cedar and French oak with black cherry, mocha and exotic spices lead to concentrated depth.
Cedar and new oak is immediate with dark cherry, blue berry fruits. Espresso coffee and hints of dark chocolate. Assertive tannin powers the palate and adds length to final full finish.
Wagyu Beef, slow cooked Beef cheeks with root vegetables or dark chocolate Raspberry tart. We recommend decanting this wine the day before or at least 2-3 hours prior to serving.
Wine State - 97 points, 2018 "a rich well-made wine that is almost purple in colour with a fresh fruit lift to the nose and quite ripe, sweet flavours, with drying tannins."
James Halliday - The "17 vintage allowed wicket keeper Peter Raymond to have his cake and eat it. This wine is generous and stacked with blackberry and blueberry fruit flavours yet shows no heat or over-extraction – 94 points. "Alcohol: 14.4%