A wine of grand proportions, dense, concentrated and brooding.
This is a wine of grand proportions, dense, concentrated and brooding. As the wine breathes, dark fruits and earthy notes ooze out. The d’Arenberg connoisseur will immediately draw the connection between this wine and The Dead Arm. Blackberry, plum, fennel, game and soil characters ebb and flow through the ever changing bouquet. The raft of flavours are as complex as the mix of aromas and are amply supported by a rich, generous mouthfeel and wealth of solid yet seamlessly textured tannins. These tannins add extra weight to the mid palate and drive the wine to a long, cedary finish. A structure that demands time but even now does not appear clumsy or unbalanced given the concentration of the wine.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. Only the best Shiraz blocks from each vintage are selected to be part of the Amazing Sites range.
Chester Osborn & Jack Walton
Amaranthine; to an artist it is a deep purple-red on his palette. To the wordsmith, eternally beautiful and unfading; everlasting. To fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn, it is a wine that encapsulates both; a deep red beauty that's appeal will last a lifetime.
96, Halliday Points
90, Huon Hooke