2021 Romulus Barossa Valley Old Vine Shiraz

Deep crimson in colour, with a vibrant array of black-cherries, red-liquorice and sweet spice aromas. The palate is powerful and fleshy, with a dense red fruit core wrapped in velvety tannins enduring with length.

$80.00

95 pts

Halliday (Dave Brookes)

Bright red and dark plummy fruits cut with exotic spice, violet and jasmine top notes, licorice, dark chocolate and Barossa earth. Detail and line are recurring themes in the SoE wines; nothing overblown or over the top, just pure, spicy fruit, a graceful passage across the palate and a distinct regional thumbprint. It’s drinking nicely now but will improve with careful cellaring.

Grape Variety:

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

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%|pH 3.65|Acidity 6.14 g/L | Residual sugar: nil

Vineyards:

  • Light Pass 60+ year-old vines | Menglers Hill 60+ year-old vines | Nuriootpa 80+ year-old vines

Hand harvested, destemmed and crushed into small 1.5 tonne open-top fermenters. The fruit was chilled for 5 days before being allowed to naturally warm to start fermentation. Various cap management techniques were used to highlight the unique characters of the individual vineyard parcels. After approximately 20 days on skins the ferments were pressed and transferred to a combination of new (45%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads. Matured for 18 months in oak without racking, the wines were then carefully blended, naturally clarified and bottled without filtration.

To qualify for the Romulus 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 2034

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