Hewitson The Ancients Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019

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Another stunning single vineyard Shiraz, from old vines, this time from the Rowland Flats region of the Barossa Valley. The vineyard offers a range of Shiraz clones and the soil is terra rosa over clay. The vineyard enjoys ‘minimum’ drip irrigation. The winemaking team use a combination of whole berries and crushed fruit, before cold soaking for a week and then three weeks on skins.

The colour is opaque purple. Lovely lifted aromatics, including root vegetables, beef stock, chocolate, blackberries, coffee beans, florals and mocha. The palate is plush and velvety. It is dense but refined, with great intensity and even more impressive length. Blackcurrants and plums emerge towards the finish. Enticingly silky, yet chewy, tannins. Mouthfilling flavours can’t help but appeal. A stunning Shiraz, with its best yet to come.

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