The 2015 growing season started well with above average early winter rains that filled the soils and dams, however it was dry from then on. Temperatures were above average in spring allowing the vines to get away to a good healthy start.
The dry weather meant that when the night time temperature dipped there were again late season frosts, but thankfully not damaging at Avon Brae. Summer was generally mild with the exception of a few days of extreme heat after New Year that were associated with the outbreak of the Sampson Flat bushfires in the Adelaide Hills on 2 January. The damaging fires burned for 7 days in the Adelaide Hills and despite some anxious days, the fires were far enough away that they had no impact on the Eden Valley.
Thirty millimetres of rain on 8 January helped quell the fires and refreshed the vines. Near perfect ripening conditions followed leading into an earlier than usual harvest. The Grüner Veltliner was first to come off, handpicked by our extended family, Riesling and Viognier were next with it all picked by the second week of March. Shiraz and Cabernet ripened at the same time this year and were harvested around Easter.
2015 was a cracking vintage in pace, yield, and above all quality and is likely to surpass the 2002 vintage in greatness.
2015 Eden Hall Shiraz tasting
The 2015 Eden Hall Shiraz comes from selected rows in Block 4 and spent 18 months in French Oak followed by more than a year in bottle prior to release. It is bright crimson/purple in colour, the nose is dominated by spice and sweet dark fruit with tar lurking in the background. Chewy plum and black fruits are followed by savoury tannins providing a broad palate of great length. Enjoy now and beyond 2033.
Showcasing the cool climate elegance of the Southernmost tip of Eden Valley at Springton, this dry grown Syrah vineyard stands out each year during classification. It shows unparalleled poise and perfumed elegance quite distinct from its Barossa Valley floor neighbours whilst retaining remarkable depth of avour and structure.
From Koine greek euangélion means “GOSPEL or GOOD NEWS” (of redemption through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection). Lower yields and a warm, moderate January provided an early start to our harvest in late February. A sudden rain event in early February marked a change to unseasonably mild conditions allowing us to pick vineyards at optimal ripeness without loss of natural acidity.
Highly perfumed it shows wild forest berries & white pepper aromas and a complex palate of fresh Black Berries, peppercorns and refreshing Morello cherries fermented in a 6 tonne open fermenter with 7 days skin contact and twice daily pump-overs. Matured in shaved, seasoned (two to five year old) French oak hogsheads for 11 months.
Suitable for vegetarians/vegans.
Daniel Chaffey Hartwig
Grapes were selected from low yielding vines growing on the higher
slopes of our estate on 20th March, 2016.
Approximately 20% handpicked and harvested at 14.2 Baume. Open rollers used at crushing to maximize percentage of whole berries. Approximately 50% fermented in a Potter fermenter and 50% in an open fermenter. The fruit was 5 day’s cold soaked at 2-5°C to increase colour vibrancy and maintain fruit freshness. The juice was allowed to warm up on its own with natural yeasts starting fermentation, additional yeast added at 6 Baume. Extended skin contact post fermentation (50% 2 weeks in potter & 50% 4 weeks in open fermenter) for additional tannin extraction, integration & palate softening. Transferred to oak for malolactic fermentation – 20% new French oak and balance into 2-3 year old French hogsheads. Bottled September 2016.
Mixed red & black berry aromas with strong varietal character. A mouth filling, well balanced medium to full bodied palate, well-structured with soft, silky tannins.
RELEASE DATE July 2019
ALCOHOL 13.8% alc/vol
SCREW CAP Ensures freshness and longevity.
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Simon Tolley; Viticulturist
The 2015 Syrah is a special wine delivered from the Adelaide Hills’ Longview vineyard – in a region with a strong reputation for producing great Shiraz.
Whole berries and some whole bunches (up to 40%) were put into a fermenter and left to sit. A slow, even fermentation – on skins for a month, then pressed off to French oak, with a portion treated to larger new oak.
The wine shows plums and layers of fruit and spice that gradually open up. Tannins from the whole bunches extend the palate, with a mouthfeel and flavour that continue long after the last sip.
The 2016 Red label Catlin Shiraz is from a single vineyard in Macclesfield. It was picked in several parcels and fermented in several small fermenters. It was mostly crushed and destemmed with some whole bunches being added. This wine was wild fermented and spent some time on skins post ferment. It was then matured in French oak for approx 11 months. It displays great flavours of plums and raspberries. It has firm tannins with out being big and finishes with a lovely acid line. This wine is eminently drinkable now, but will continue to improve for the next five years and beyond. It displays a spectrum of tightly coiled fruit from blueberries and plums with underlying subtle spice.
Grape variety 100 % Shiraz
Region Adelaide Hills, Macclesfield , Australia
Winemaker Darryl Catlin
Alcohol (ABV) 14.0%
Acidity 6.04 g/l
Residual Sugar 0.34 g/l
Wine pH 3.64
Oak Approx 30% new French oak.