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2015 Epsilon Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Cracka Review

A superb example of modern, well-balanced Barossa red wine, this Epsilon Shiraz is an absolute stunner. A wine of 'fine-grained, slinky tannins' and 'free-flowing fruit' that, as the Wine Companion note casually says, offers 'superb value in lieu of its similarly priced peer group'. In all honesty, you'd normally pay double the amount for a 96 point wine like this, and the fact it comes from a tiny, family-run property makes it taste even sweeter.

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes for the Epsilon Shiraz are estate grown, made and matured on the 20 acre site which is situated on the western side of the Barossa Valley in the famed sub-region of Greenock. Three pickings are done throughout the vintage period over a time period of around 6 weeks. This gives us much more variety when it comes to blending the wines for producing the best possible Shiraz for each year. Typically our wines are very similar each year due to the fact we are in total control of the management of the site from pruning to when the wine goes into bottle. Only Mother Nature has the ability to change the wine characteristics and although some years have been a challenge we have been able to produce great valued wines year in year out.

Winemaking is carried out by ourselves, in a traditional minimalistic way. The grapes are de-stemmed, not crushed, then fermented for 7 to 11 days. During this time the ferment is pumped over 2 - 3 times a day & kept at a temperature of 22-25°C to ensure that maximum flavour and complexity are extracted from the fruit. The wines are matured in new and seasoned French and American oak for 12 - 24 months.

The 2015 Shiraz has a strong, deep purple, attractive hue. Extremely aromatic and inviting with flavours of dark plum, black cherry hints of mocha and vanilla. This is one juicy and fruit driven wine that is just an absolute beauty. The clever use of French and American oak give a mouthfeel of fine grained tannins and a long, persistent finish.

Alc/vol: 14.8%

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2015 Epsilon Barossa Valley Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2015 Vintage) says
An alluring Shiraz that tiptoes an elegant aromatic line of lilac, violet, iodine and sapid blueberry notes, laced with star anise and clove. The palate, too, does not disappoint. Fine-grained, slinky tannins and saline acidity serve as a confluence to the free-flowing fruit and expanding, more savoury, tones of smoked meats, black olive and liquorice root. Northern Rhone? A wine of a deft hand and fresh fruit picked at the optimal window of opportunity. Bravo! This is complex wine, offering superb value in lieu of its similarly priced peer group.
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Ned Goodwin
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
87
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; black fruit aromas with a touch of vanilla lead into a medium- to full-bodied palate with more of the same; plenty of wine for the dollar.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong crimson red; a complex bouquet of blackberry mixed with touches of licorice, bitter chocolate and oak, precisely replayed on the medium-bodied palate, the finish long and textured.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Attractive wine from a challenging vintage; black cherry and plum fruit with perfectly integrated and balanced oak; overall extract tightly controlled
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Dark colour; soft, velvety mouthfeel to the blackberry and licorice fruit; soft, ripe tannins; good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
93

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