There is so much more to Barossa Shiraz than the big jammy fruit bombs that seem to grab the high profile attention. Don’t get me wrong, these wines definitely have their place in the ‘book of shiraz’ it’s just that they are a chapter, rather than the whole story.
Personally, I think the really interesting wines these days represent the soil and site that tempered the fruit and the touch of the winemaker that finished the job. Barossa Shiraz is definitely ready to come of age. About 2 kilometers (give or take as the crow flies) from our winery lies our family’s ‘Stonewell Hill’ block.
The block (as the name suggests) slopes gently from a high point on the South Eastern corner to the North Western end. The soil vary from an almost non existent couple of inches of topsoil at the top of the hill to a rich sandy loam at the bottom. Our other block, The Stelzer Rd or “Home” Vineyard by contrast has a much greater difference in elevation and soil type; running from rich black clay trough red / brown loams to white sands. I used eight carefully selected patches of Shiraz on these 2 blocks to build the 2007 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz.
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