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Tasting Notes Deep purple in colour with a black heart. The bouquet is rich and powerful with defined aromas of curra...Read more...
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Tasting Notes Deep purple in colour with a black heart. The bouquet is rich and powerful with defined aromas of currants, cola, liquorice and plum backed by subtle tar and earth. The palate is thick and mouth coating, displaying luscious flavours of chocolate, liquorice, black fruits and balanced natural sweetness. The highlight of this wine is the dense mid-palate that rolls into a powerful and flavoursome finish controlled by trademark Barossa tannins. Winemaking The grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters, with regular pump overs twice daily to extract colour and tannin. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was transferred to tank and then racked to barrel for oak maturation. Vintage Comments 2001 Barossa Vintage Report courtesy of The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Source: Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation website. The good news from 2001 was that the Barossa flagship reds - Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache - appeared exceptional. Most winemakers were calling the vintage equal to the premium 1998 vintage while others expressed that it could have been the best Shiraz vintage in 30 years. Winemaker reports indicated that most vines withstood the warm vintage weather of February and March surprisingly well, although the pressure to harvest quickly had extended winery capacity to the maximum. The advent of cool, wet weather in the last week of March had enabled Baumés to stabilise and slowed the otherwise rapid pace of the 2001 vintage activity. Vintage finished for most Barossa Valley wineries by the middle of April 2001 but some Eden Valley wineries were still crushing at the end of the month. In the lead-up to vintage, above average rainfall received in 2000 helped replenish sub-soil moisture levels. This was followed by extended warm weather, which prevented disease and assisted ripening. Vintage start ranged from early February (about two weeks early) in the Barossa Valley to early-April in the High Eden. Yields were up by about 20% on 2000 (but 2000 yields well below average - 44,000 tonnes compared to 60,000 normally). An increase in tonnage was also attributable to some new plantings coming on stream. There were no major disease problems reported.
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