Château Tanunda The Château Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
Wine years are a bit like dog years – and I have no real idea how they work either, just that they are different. If we look to calculate in wine years, to establish a reputation the equal of what Château Tanunda has achieved should take a lot of them. And even more in our years. The team here have somehow managed to condense time. What an achievement!
Another single vineyard wine, this time from Vine Vale. Basket pressing gives over to 18 months of maturation in French oak. The end result is a cracking wine, which represents fabulous value. An opaque black/purple, this is a ripe, rich, soft, quintessential Barossa Shiraz. Load up! Chocolate, plums, spices, blackberries and tobacco leaf, this is already hinting at the complexity to follow. Well crafted, with good focus and abundant, reasonably fine tannins, the intensity is maintained throughout the very long finish. A lovely chocolatey note emerges at the end. A wine which is a joy now, but has serious potential.