A harmonious blend of two interesting varieties, with bright acidity and lingering flavour.Learn More
A wine of grand proportions, dense, concentrated and brooding.
More complex than an advanced mathematical algorithm. This wine will play out as much between your ears as it will up your nose or on your taste buds. Regularly regarded in-house as a favourite, the diversity within the iconic Amaranthine vineyard shines through strongly in the finished wine. Volumes of peaty earth, a whisper of charred sticks, a chatter of beef. Ripples of boysenberry and blackcurrant emerge to balance the savouriness. Muscular in youth with grunty tannins, expect these to be engulfed by the ripples that turn into waves of sweet generous fruit as time and air begin to play their hand. The French would call this terroir. We just call it awesome.
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.
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
94, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com