The Blonde 2017 Magnum
This single vineyard lies in the Stone Well parish at 280m altitude and has a myriad of soil types including sandy loams, red clays and a limestone rock base — blonde in colour — running the length of the vineyard. It crops naturally at around 1.5 ton/acre, shows perfume, jube-like blue fruits, produces riper, plumper, sweeter fruited wine while still retaining acidity due to the higher limestone content of the soil. Numbered magnum; only 50 bottled.
Region: Stone Well, Barossa
Volume (ml): 1500ml
Alcohol Vol. (%): 14.5
Standard Drinks: 17.2
In some years a very small percentage of viognier skins are included in the ferment for aroma, to soften tannin, set colour, add texture and more complexity with bottle age. Whole-bunch is utilised on a vintage to vintage basis while foot-treading, hand-plunging and pump-overs is usually the norm. 15-18 months maturation in smaller French oak of which up to a third can be new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered under stelvin capsule.
“...wonderful nose of hot stones, graphite, quartz, blackberry compote, beets, dried violets, fresh herbs and lots of dark chocolate and walnuts... grippy tannins and a line of refreshing acidity...A structured yet generous finish. Drink in 2022.”James Suckling/Nick Stock
"It’s 100% Shiraz from the Stonewell sub-region of the Barossa. Classic Barossa Shiraz...and just so seductive and so well done, it’s hard not to fall in love...Succulent, balanced, and very long... Delightful. Drink 2018-2030+”Gary Walsh – The Wine Front