A blend of 66% grenache, 22% mataro and the remainder shiraz, this is an hierarchical order similar to the southern Rhone and surely, increasingly suited to the Barossa and its environs. Oak handling was minimal, presumably to accentuate the wine's brightness. This said, the wine's aura is highly savoury: anise, black olive and a seam of spicy, prickly tannins threading their way through fruits, red and dark. Kirsch is the mainstay, crackling fore to aft across the voltage of crunchy acidity.
From 80 year old vines (at this price too!) - made in much the same way as the Joven given a little time in stainless steel and finished with 4 months in oak. Soft and silky as the name suggests this has some real concentration from the aged vines while retaining freshness and drinkability.
Booze-soused cherry, rose water, root spice, a prickle of cardamom and clove (30% whole bunch) and a gentle vanilla icing round out the experience, before cranberry acidity crackles down its spine.