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“I just love Isabel Estate. It’s an honest and passionate winery that is 100% focused on single estate wines and sustainable winemaking. They know their craft intimately and make the fruit truly shine. Their Sauvignon Blanc is always my first choice for long lunches with family and friends – every single time.”

~ Dave Short

What can you tell us about the story of Shiraz in Australia?

Syrah (Shiraz) was likely first brought to Australia with the Busby collection in the 1830s from cuttings in France and thought to be first planted in the Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. Within a decade, this variety was chosen as the most suitable for Australian conditions due to its small berries, good maturity figures, intense colours and flavours and suitability to dry-grown conditions. Shiraz is now widely planted in wine regions all over Australia with some vineyards over 150 years old. The original Hill of Grace shiraz was planted by Nicolaus Stanitzki from pre-phylloxera material. The early Australian settlers affectionately named the variety ‘Shiraz’, a corruption of the French name ‘Syrah’, and this is used almost exclusively in Australia. The grape produces varying styles depending on the region in which it’s grown and creates a rich, full-bodied and fruit-forward wine with spice in warmer regions and a more savoury, elegant and medium-bodied wine in cooler regions. These days, with the influence of climate change, we need to be careful as a country to only plant this variety in the best-suited sites.

What are the hallmarks of Shiraz from the Eden Valley?

In our case, since we are located in the Eden Valley region, the Mount Lofty Ranges plays a significant role in the balance within the grape and then the resultant wine. The altitude of the Mount Lofty Ranges results in a more continental climate. There is also a delayed ripening, meaning that the fruit is picked in a later, cooler time during autumn, giving the benefit of longer slower ripening which increases flavour intensity, tannin structure and balance in the wine. Due to its altitude and continentality, the Eden Valley region produces elegant Shiraz wines, that show extraordinary flavour and purity of fruit, black pepper, crushed herbs and spice, and the potential for ageing. Mount Edelstone, one of our top single-vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz wines shows these characters in spades. In comparison, Barossa Valley Shiraz is generally richer in fruit and more powerful in structure.


JUSTINE HENSCHKE'S BEST OF EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ


 

 

 

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Chris Ringland Wines

Chris Ringland Reservation Shiraz 2016


Concentration doesn't even begin to describe this truly luxurious Barossa Shiraz. When harvested, plum and prune aromas which were simply crying out for some extra maturation, After which the wine has now begun to show off a wonderful array of warm spicy notes with that trademark mouth-filling soft tannin and gentle acidity. With the capability to cellar for another 5 to 8 years, this is the Barossa Shiraz you have to own!

Henschke The Wheelwright Single Vineyard Eden Valley Shiraz 2016


The Wheelwright pays tribute to the founding father of the Henschke winery and vineyards, winemaker Johann Christian Henschke. He was among the first generation of the early Barossa German pioneers of South Australia, and established the family winery in 1868. Johann Christian arrived as a skilled stonemason and wheelwright and planted his first vineyards in the high country of the picturesque Eden Valley. This wine is produced from Old-Vine Shiraz planted in 1968, a century later, by fourth-generation Cyril Henschke. The inaugural release, the 2015 vintage, marked 150 years of Henschke family winemaking.

Max & Me Boongarrie Estate Shiraz 2016


Max & Me Shiraz 2016 is sourced from the Boongarrie Estate ‘House Block’, a small ironstone-rich block planted in 1998 with cuttings from Poonawatta Vineyard, a legendary local Eden Valley old-vine source block. It is an intensely coloured deep purple-red with a dark core. Powerful black cherry, mulberry fruit, some musk and red liquorice aromas, before underlying dried herbs and some earthiness.

Sons of Eden Remus Eden Valley Old Vine Shiraz 2017


To qualify for the Remus blend, vineyards need to have at least fifty years of age, and be managed sustainably. There’s a lovely story that inspired the name, the fable of legendary founders of Rome, the twins Romulus and Remus, abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Legend portrays Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was refined, elegant and focused. For an Eden Valley wine, the name ‘Remus' just sums up the style of the drop wonderfully!

Hutton Vale Farm Eden Valley Shiraz 2016


The pedigree and provenance of the Shiraz vineyards at Hutton Vale Farm is impressive. The ‘old’ block was planted in the 1960s with cuttings taken from the nearby Mount Edelstone vineyard. 50 years or more down the track, the old dry grown vines continue to survive, the dry conditions a perfect foil for the natural vigour of Shiraz. The ‘young’ block was planted to the East in the 1990s on a sloping site in a similarly tough environment, using cuttings taken from the ‘old’ block.

Eperosa Elevation Eden Valley Shiraz 2018


The 2018 Eden Valley Shiraz is from Phil and Sarah Lehmann's Boongarrie vineyard situated halfway between the townships of Keyneton and Eden Valley. The Lehmann's farm their vineyard organically using organic fertilisers and sheep for grazing. The vines grow on a light sandy loam over gravel and sandstone soil at an elevation of 440 metres. Aromas of blueberry, blackberry and briar, violets, olive tapenade and tomato bush fill the glass. The cool blue-black fruits of the Eden Valley are wonderfully evident here sitting upon a savoury and herbal backdrop. The palate opens with energetic red and blue fruits working its way through the complex briary green and rocky shapes of the Eden Valley.

Brothers at War Single Vineyard Eden Valley Syrah 2017


This old vine Single Vineyard Syrah comes from 80+-year-old vines from our Pendee Farm vineyard located in the Eden Valley. This wine is a tribute of what the beautiful Eden Valley region can produce, with its high altitude and cooler climate, producing an alluring elegance and finesse to the wines. Bright crimson in colour, this wine displays forest fruits, violets and wild berries with complex spicy aromas. The palate shows concentrated layers of black fruits and spice, with fine velvety tannins and incredible texture.

"The Barossa Shiraz Wine style is very distinctive. Thee is always a richness and fruit sweetness that conveys the South Australian climate, bathed in sunshine."

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"The Barossa Shiraz wine style is very distinctive. There is always a richness and fruit sweetness that conveys the South Australian climate, bathed in sunshine. "

 

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Review and Tasting Notes

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"Very smooth, easy to drink sipping whisky. Harmony sits right next to my 12 yr old scotches and is equally pleasurable to drink in front of a roaring fire! love it!".

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HIBIKI® WHISKY

THE PARAGON OF JAPANESE WHISKY

Appearance / Color
Iridescent amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Floral Hibiscus, honey and wood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Custard, honey with strong notes autumn fruits.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Custard, honey with strong notes autumn fruits.