Remus 2016
Eden Valley
Old Vine Shiraz

$70.00

Deep garnet in colour with a complex red-cherry and blackcurrant aroma, underpinned by elements of dried spice and bay-leaf. A concentrated, fleshy and well-structured palate, indicative of the moderate yielding 2016 vintage. This wine will cellar well for many years to come.

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Grape Variety:

  • Shiraz 100% old vine (50+ years-old)

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%
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  • pH 3.64
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  • Acidity 6.0 g/L
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  • Residual sugar: nil

Vineyards:

  • Moculta 50+ year-old vines
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  • Keyneton 50+ year-old vines
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  • Central Eden Valley 50+ year-old vines

Hand harvested, destemmed and crushed into small 1.5 tonne open topped fermenters. Selected fermenters also had a component of whole bunch clusters added to the destemmed berries. A pre-fermentation cold soak ensured a slow initiation to fermentation. Ferment temperatures were allowed to peak at 27oC before being cooled to 20oC for the remainder of the fermentation. Hand plunged daily allowed for a gentle extraction and helped to prolong the fermentation. After an extended period on skins the ferments were pressed to 50% new French oak hogsheads. Matured and not racked through the 22-month oak-maturation period provided for extended mouth-feel and texture. Prior to bottling, the wine was naturally clarified and bottled without filtration.

To qualify for the Remus blend the vineyards need to over 50 years of age and managed sustainably.
A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focussed and elegant. We believe the twins’ characterise the distinctive and unique flavours and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys – the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley.

Optimum year 2028+

Reviews

95 Points

Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

Incredibly complex, the 2016 Remus Old Vine Shiraz combines hints of sage, star anise, mint, blueberries with roasted meat and cracked pepper. It’s medium to full-bodies, with plenty of ripe tannins, concentrated fruit and an admirably firm, structured and long finish.

95 Points

James Halliday

Accents of clove and roasted nut are the perfect foil to the core of dark-but-fresh fruit. Warm plum, redcurrant and blackberry flavours hold sure sway, the effect one of pure deliciousness. Firm, smoky tannin asserts the wine’s more serious side; in short, it has all bases covered.

96 Points

James Suckling

Wow. This has stunning depth and expressive, complex fragrance with a wealth of super ripe and rich plum aromas. The palate has fine, long tannins, carrying a very plush and detailed array of purple berries and plums. Spicy and glossy finish. June 2019

95 Points

The Real Review

Impenetrable blackish-purple in appearance, this shiraz has tons of extract and lashings of personality. Complex aromas of minerals, stewed berries, licorice, and spices sweet and savoury are very inviting and very powerful. Despite the potency of all this, there's an element of floral delicacy too. Seamless, plush and velvety, with layered ripe tannins, this is a tour de force that should grow into something very special with the passing years. Ralph Kyte-Powell May 2019