Chaffey Bros Wine Co. Elijah Shiraz
Vineyard: The Shiraz grapes were sourced from the Fechner vineyard, outside Angaston in the northern end of the Eden Valley Barossa. Heavy clay soils with low annual rainfall assist with rich colour development and intense dark fruit flavours.
Season: Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. January started with dry, hot and windy weather however by the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. The rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage.
Wine making: Picked early to capture those lovely vibrant red-fruited characters of cooler climate Shiraz. It spent 24 months in 83% new French oak hogshead barrels for a brooding and intense palate.
Appearance: Rich and deep purple hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of dark cherry, licorice and Chinese five spice lift from the glass with intensity.
Palate: Balanced structure and poise with striking blue fruits layered over a supple and silky foundation of tannins. Dark chocolate notes with a lushness that will be hard to forget.
Food Pairing: Juicy steak or just savour the flavour on its own.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 388 dozen (750ml)
Vegan Friendly: Yes
Cellar potential: drink now to 10+ years
Winemaker: Daniel Hartwig & Theo Engela