The Chaffey Bros' wines make statements as bold as their avant-garde labels! Minimal intervention winemaking emphasises pure structured fruit and utilises the lost art of judicious small batch blending. The wines they make are the styles that epitomise the Barossa and Eden Valleys.
From the revered Fechner Bros' Northern Eden Valley vineyard in the Moculta Hills adjacent to the limestone quarry, ELIJAH presents powerful fruit intensity with typical Eden Valley grace; balanced structure and poise are the immediate observations, with striking blue fruits layered over a supple and silky foundation of tannins built via 24 months maturation in LEROI (The oldest operating cooperage in France) 'Harmonie' tight grain French oak, (83% new). Brooding. Intense. Authoritative.
Aromas of dark cherry, liquorice and Chinese five spice lift from the glass with intensity. The palate is rich and long with layers of berry fruits, dark chocolate and spicy notes typical of the Moculta Eden Valley region.
Brothers-in-law Daniel Chaffey Hartwig and Theo Engela are the latest generation of the Chaffey family to ply their vinous trade in Australia.Their hand-made, minimal intervention wines come from small parcels of low yielding vineyards spread throughout the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Drawing on true old vines and complex soils they see themselves as part parfumer - discovering delicate aromatics; part historian - preserving the purity of pristine fruit and part mad scientist - reveling in the art of small batch blending.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Deep colour and a rich, complex, earthy bouquet which features smoky, char-oak and other savoury nuances. There is terrific flavour here and excellent depth and weight. The wine is balanced and stylish, with savoury and fruit-sweet elements perfectly balanced. Black plums and savoury notes. The finish lingers on and on. A stylish and individual style of shiraz, and a gorgeous drink. (Fechner vineyard, Moculta)
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
Aged in mostly new French oak, the 2015 Elijah Shiraz is sourced from the Moculta Vineyard in the northern Eden Valley. Dried spices and caramel frame dark fruit shot through with streaks of raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, it's creamy-velvety in texture and turns a bit chocolaty on the finish. It should drink well for at least 6-7 years.