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Loam over clay (Nuriootpa)
Shiraz planted in 1893
After sharing another season with her soul mate, the sun, the Old Bastard Shiraz vines 119th anniversary was pure and perfect. Old Bastard was first released in 1998.
Fruit was hand-picked and sourced from Shiraz vines planted in 1893. Matured for 21 months in 35% new and the remainder in 1 year old French oak. The wine making procedure is a closely guarded secret, with innovative techniques as yet revealed to new world wine.
Crimson and garnet, with a dark edge.
Immediately fresh. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries straight off the bush, braced with rhubarb.
Blackberry and mulberry. The maturation has imbedded the wine with spice, anise and cardamom. The tannin is talc, fine and delicate. The acid is pronounced but not sour and binds the tannin up leaving a tangy, pure exit.
The berry flavours become more pronounced as times etches this wine into the future. It has decades to give.