Antiquarian Limited Barossa Shiraz 2013.
An Antiquarian is a collector of rare or ancient books and curios, a name befitting this rare and exclusive wine. Antiquarian wines, the pinnacle of quality, are hand crafted from only the very best parcels. The 2013 Antiquarian Shiraz was selected from the finest Barossa grapes and matured in French oak barriques for 24 months. The wine is glorious upon release and will develop even greater complexity with cellaring for up to 10 years.
The 2013 vintage in the Barossa Valley will be remembered as the driest, earliest and quickest vintage in memory. Nine days above 30° in early March (the 3rd longest run ever of above 30° days in March), meant that much of the shiraz ripened early and was picked in the first two weeks of March. The grapes were grown at altitudes between 400 and 600 metres. Yields were generally below average, but quality looks strong with conditions ideal for the production of elegant red wines.
Bright aromatics of spiced Damson plum seasoned with dark chocolate and liquorice. Layers of nutmeg and dark fruits, evened by the careful use of French oak
With intense and impactful dark fruit flavours, the full bodied palate is influenced by subtle and judicious oak attention. The rich and mellow tannins provide a rewarding finish to a wine of great poise and refinement.
slow roasted game, char grilled thick cuts of beef or tender beef cheeks and matured, richly flavoured cheeses.
Australia, region; Barossa, South Australia