Sourced from a vineyard right on the border of the Barossa Valley floor and the Eden Valley. By Marco Cirillo’s own admission it’s a bit of a mangy looking site but it produces high quality grapes. A step up from the very good 2011 release. Exuberantly fruited and fresh. Exhibits a savoury meatiness which sets off its other characteristics.
Boysenberries, plums and blackberries alongside rare char-grilled steaks, choc-licorice bullets and damp, ferrous earth. Juicy and spicy (pepper dominant five spice) with the acidity providing an endearing buoyancy while a spread of textured tannin anchors the experience. Only a notch over medium-bodied with minimal oak influence. Terrific flow, good shape in the mouth. A wine to bring stray sheep back into the Barossa Shiraz fold. 93
Region: Barossa Valley
Tasted: April 2014