Vineyard: Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the home of the Raymond family vineyard, known as Garden & Field Wines. The site is spectacular, immersed in a landscape of rolling hills at an elevation of 390 metres. A stone cottage, built in 1854 surrounds the vineyard landscape to produce dry-grown Shiraz grapes of ultimate quality and concentration. In 2012, via the moonlight, a mixed selection of old-vine Shiraz clones were hand-planted in rows facing east to west. The terroir consists of ancient volcanic red-brown earth over heavy red clay and ironstone.
Season: The season began with good winter rain that followed into spring. The soil profile retained moisture during budburst and throughout the growing season. Warm summer days but cooler than usual, supported a healthy vine canopy and enabled a good ripening season. Disease pressure remained low, aided by the cool evening breezes. An excellent vintage and will be regarded as one to remember.
Winemaking: Hand-picked Shiraz bunches were de-stemmed and fermented as whole berries. Consistent hand plunging of wine juice proceeded for 21 days to support further colour and flavour intensity. The juice was gently basket pressed before maturing in new French oak barrels for 24 months.
Appearance: Deep crimson red with purple hue.
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of dark plum, Sichuan pepper, cassis, coffee, vanilla and intense blue fruits.
Palate: A complex palate of mocha, exotic spices, ripe raspberry, blackberry and black cherry to name a few. Full bodied with tight and ultra-fine tannins, medium to high acidity, with a long, dry and full finish.
Food Pairing: We enjoyed this wine with a char-grilled rib eye, roasted shallots and garden-fresh carrots. But you could also enjoy it with many other full-flavoured foods. For desert try a cheese plate or a dark chocolate soufflé. We recommend decanting this wine 2-3 hours or 1 day prior to serving.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 33 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Winemaker/ Viticulture: Peter Raymond