Ancient vines and a motivated young winemaker. That's the gist with
this Simao Shiraz, which showcases the talent of Simon Killeen and the
super concentration of 100 year old Glenrowan Shiraz vines.
Don't be fooled, however, this is no blockbusting red. Instead, it's just deep and brooding and dark. A molten pit of Shiraz blackness, with a real sense of old vine power at the core.
Made using fruit hand-picked from 100-year-old dry grown vineyard in Glenrown, winemaker Simon Killeen used 30% whole bunches in the final blend to give it an edge on the palate.
Intense aromas of bark fruit and spice. The palate is full-bodied and rich with red and black fruit, spice and pepper, backed by firm tannins. A very moreish wine.
Simon Killeen is a seventh generation winemaker born and raised in the Rutherglen region. His father and grandfather crafted some of the country's most legendary fortified wines, now Simon is taking up the mantle under his own label, Simão & Co. Simão (Portuguese for Simon) is a nod to his love of traditional Portuguese fortifieds and his time spent making wine in the Douro. Simon is deeply passionate about the wine and history of North-East Victoria. With a range that spreads from Beechworth to the King Valley and out to Glenrowan, he is making it his mission to spread the word on the unique wines from his home.
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Vines planted in 1919, 50% whole-bunches, no other info. No matter. The wine's good. Dark spiced plums, sooty, warm earth, charry oak, stemmy in a good way with some more complex charcuterie aromas. Sweet fruit on the fuller bodied but not big palate, ripe tannins and approachable.