The 20 Rows Shiraz block was planted in 1962 on the Langhorne Creek flood plain, which receives late winter and early spring flood waters from the Bremer River assisted by a series of channels and weirs. This is a special and unique region which has been producing wine since the mid 1800’s. The vineyard area of Langhorne Creek today has expanded well outside the original flood plain land and the growing conditions in the new vineyards are different. One could make a good argument for the appellation Langhorne Creek to be used exclusively for the flood plain vineyards.
The ‘20 Rows’ vines are quite low yielding for the area at around 1.2-1.8 tons/acre. They are growing on their own roots as the area is free of phylloxera. The soil in this vineyard is a deep alluvial clay loam with an almost shimmering quality about it which produces the most beautiful small, black-colored and perfectly formed berries one could ever imagine.
This reveals a subtle earthy character over restrained notes of creme de cassis, mulberries and licorice, plus hints of cloves, lavender, spice cake, espresso and bacon fat. Very concentrated and richly fruited on the full bodied palate, the muscular fruit is well supported by a firm level of finely grained tannins with medium-high acid to lend just enough lift, finishing long. This wine is for the long haul
- Region: Langhorne Creek
- Varietal: 100% Shiraz
- Vintage: 2010
- Vineyard: 20 Row Vineyard
- Vine Age: 48 years old
- Yield: 1.4 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Deep Alluvial Clay
- Oak: 18 months in American & French barrique (35% new) & French foudre
- Production: 425 cases
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