Paisley Wines Celtic Maeve Shiraz 2018
This hails from a superb vintage for the Barossa and it is reflected in the wine. A cracker – for me, the pick of the Paisley range. The fruit comes from a single, low-yielding vineyard in the northwest of the Barossa, better known as the Koonunga Hill sub-region. Fermentation is by way of small batches with native yeasts and occasional hand plunging. A percentage of whole bunches are included and techniques such as pre- and post-maceration and extended time on lees in barrel are employed. There is a maturation period of twenty months, with the oak including 25% new French and 25% new American. Deep, dark purple in colour, this simply oozes chocolate, mocha, coffee beans, cassis and black fruits. The structure is seamless, through to very fine tannins with excellent length and good intensity throughout plus a fine line of acidity. This will drink beautifully for the next six to ten years. A fabulous Barossa Shiraz.