From the Nagel Vineyard in Hope Forest, a very cool part of the southern Adelaide Hills. Dave Gartelmann grows the gapes in an un-certified biodynamic fashion and I just LOVE this block. Yakka territory. Sandy loams dotted with ironstone over a sandstone subsoil where you will find some weathered quartz and a little orange clay loam, a great reservoir for water and the fissures allow the roots to delve deeply.
Hand picked, some whole bunch (1 out of 4 bins so 25%-ish) natural ferment, a few months on skins, old oak, unfined and un-filtered.
Bottled in June 2016.
Halliday Wine Companion 2018
Light, bright, crimson-purple; this combines fragrance, finesse and elegance on the one hand, and fine-grained, savoury tannins on the other. Unfined and unfiltered, the only addition SO2, leaving the red fruits intact. This is a world apart from Barossa Valley Shiraz – only some will like both. Screwcap. 13.8% alc. Rating: 95 To 2035 $40 – James Halliday.