Epsilon, the fifth star of the Southern Cross constellation, is a great example of how a background star can come to the fore.
Fifth generation Barossa grape-growers Aaron and Julie Southern were inspired to make a wine that would reflect their Shiraz vineyard on the western slopes of the Barossa Valley. This 2016 Epsilon Shiraz is the continuation of this great tradition, and is a formidable wine in the glass.
Aged in old & new French oak barrels, the wines are a true representation of the vineyard, drink well on release and will benefit from short to medium term cellaring.
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 destemed 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 degrees 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 2016 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 a absolute beauty. The clever use of french and American oak give a mouthfeel of fine grained tannins and a long, persistent finish.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Fresh, bright, youthful colour and aroma, plummy, fruit-driven. Some spices and smoky oak, but the wine is rich, deep, full-bodied and lovely. Powerful, concentrated, a glorious mouthful of wine which will age superbly. This is astounding value.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A quiver of boysenberry fruit notes tamed by anise, clove and a gentle whir of pepper across the midriff. There is no doubting the wine's sheer richness, but it is sheathed in palpably smooth tannins and a burr of acidity, conferring balance. A fully flared wine performing well beyond its price point.