Case Price: $360.00 (6 x 750ml)
|Our Price: $60.00 / bottle (RRP: $70.00 )||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'A totally compelling wine with its multiplicity of messages, half deriving from the terroir and vintage, half from the vinification.'
97 Points - James Halliday
As the winery suggested, the 2014 is 'quite simply the best Shiraz we have ever made', so does it live up to the hype?
2014 in the Hunter Valley is like THE vintage for Shiraz, and often sited as the best growing season in 50 years. With this Aristea, you are getting a Shiraz in the old Hunter River Burgundy vogue. Soft, beautifully balanced red wine, capable of a long life; just like the wonderful red wines of Burgundy. With restrained primary fruit characters and with a terrific long line running through it this wine is capable of developing further in bottle for another decade or more.
Glenguin Vineyard was first planted in the 1980s with an average vine age now over 25 years and each wine comes from a small individual vineyard block on the property. Organic and biodynamic farming practices are used at Glenguin where things are still done by hand from planting through vine training to pruning and handpicking at vintage. Glenguin wines have won major Trophies including NSW and Boutique Wine Show Trophies for best white wine plus both Best Red and NSW Wine of the Year at the NSW Wine Awards for shiraz. Production is extremely limited with just a few hundred cases of each of our wines which are only made in good vintages.
12 months in French oak with 50% of barrels new, along with 40% whole bunch pressed, is the highlight and as a result we hold it back from release for, on average, five years to allow the oak tannins and the fruit flavours to fully integrate into the wine. The result is a classic aged Hunter Shiraz on release.
There are little hints of that aged Hunter quality – touches of leather and tobacco – but the palate is still dominated by red and dark fruits. This wine has a way to go yet. The tannins are soft, dusty and supple – not overpowering or puckering in any way – quintessentially Hunter.
Best examples of Hunter Shiraz can last thirty, forty, even fifty years and longer. The 2009 Aristea has the balance, weight and power to continue that tradition.
'Hand-picked, 30% whole bunches, 7 days cold soak, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, hand-plunged, matured in French puncheons (50% new) for 14 months, 150 dozen made. A totally compelling wine with its multiplicity of messages, half deriving from the terroir and vintage, half from the vinification. It is at once savoury/earthy/leathery and brightly fruited, the fragrance superb, the medium-bodied palate with an overarching drive to its predominantly red fruits.'
97 Points - James Halliday
'Cropped at one tonne per acre. 10 days on skins, 20% whole bunches, 12 months in oak and then another year or so in bottle prior to release. 150 cases produced.
This is where things gets serious. The flavour profile isn’t your standard fair. It’s alive with character. Leather, game, black cherries, smoked meats, cloves and peppers. It feels powerful in the mouth and then stern and meaty through the finish; almost ferrous and/or reductive; it almost goes without saying that it also rocks and rolls with tannin. It’s not the easiest wine to get your head around, and that’s part of why it’s good; it commands the floor.'
94+ Points - Campbell Mattinson
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