2016 'Old Vine' Stolen Block Shiraz
This exquisite wine has been handcrafted from some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the Clare Valley which were planted in 1926.
These dry-grown old vines have deep, strong roots which allow the plant to access deeper moisture and more diverse nutrients and minerals. These vines are steady and reliable and less likely to affected by adverse weather conditions, consistently producing small yields of top-quality fruit year after year.
The grapes have concentrated flavours, balanced acidity, and are hand-picked at optimal ripeness.
Our winemaker Justin Ardill uses traditional winemaking techniques of open fermentation, hand plunging, and maturation in French oak for 22 months to allow this quality fruit to truly shine. The result is a rich, full-bodied wine showing the strength and depth of the old vines with layers of succulent dark berry flavours and a touch of aniseed. The wine finishes with mocha, sweet vanilla, well-integrated oak, and a smooth, velvety mouth feel with firm lingering tannins.
If you visit Reillys Cellar Door in Mintaro, you will see one of these old vines on display in our Cellar Door with its knarly stem, deep roots, and strong branches.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
TROPHY & GOLD MEDAL, Best Dry Red from Exhibition Sections ~ 2020 Clare Valley Wine Show
92 PTS ~ Halliday Wine Companion 2020, www.winecompanion.com.au
"This is a garrulous wine, plush and preened, of power and considerable structural mettle. The oak is an adjunct rather than a scream. Wonderful vinosity, too, plying blueberry, anise, olive, iodine, and violet notes wide and expansive..."
Reviewed by independent wine journalist Dan Traucki, www.facebook.com/dantraucki
"Inky deep in colour, lovely ripe plum and herb aromas with just a smidge of spice. Superbly smooth, layered, rich, and uber tasty. Fantastic on its own or with food. BLOODY BRILLIANT !!!"
92/100, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, www.therealreview.com
"Very deep, dark, dense purple/red colour which stains the glass, the bouquet fresh and bright and slightly jammy... The wine is big-boned and heavily structured, concentrated and dense, with thick tannins, lots of oak, and alcohol fuminess. A whopper, which demands patient cellaring."
Toni Paterson, The Real Review, www.therealreview.com
“...Intense aromas of blackberry jam and liqueur plums. The palate is full-bodied, warming, and robust, and the finish is laden with chewy tannin. A highly-concentrated wine...”
Bottle : 750ml
Case : 12 x 750ml
Closure : Screw Cap
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