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James Halliday – 84/16% shiraz/cabernet sauvignon from Ebenezer; 30–100yo shiraz; 30–130yo cabernet sauvignon. Matured 16 months in new (92% French and 8% American) oak hogsheads; unfiltered. Ben Glaetzer's superpower is upholding glossy brightness and freshness even in the wake of considerable ripeness, all the more impressive in warm drought seasons in the generous northern Barossa. Anaperenna is a showpiece for the modern great Australian blend, brimming in bountiful red and black fruits, backed generously with dark chocolate and coffee-bean new oak. It holds its proportions and considerable alcohol with astonishing confidence, thanks most of all to a bright flash of pure, fresh acidity. Tyson Stelzer Published 13 August 2021
About This Wine
Exceptional old-vine fruit grown in the famed Ebenezer sub-district at the northern tip
of the Barossa Valley. The Shiraz (84% of the blend) is from vines aged 30-100 years
old; the Cabernet Sauvignon (16%) is from vines aged 30—130 years old. Yields are 2.5
tonnes per hectare.
The fruit was fermented in one- and two-tonne open fermenters and hand-plunged
three times daily. The wine was matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead
barrels (92% French and 8% American) and matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation. The wine is bottled unfiltered to ensure minimal intervention with the wine’s natural characteristics.
The wine is almost glowing black with deep red hues. The nose offers a heady bouquet of mulberries, blackcurrant, clove, aniseed and nutmeg. A fine white pepper nuance intermingles. Fine Cabernet tannins provide the structural framework for the flesh and fruit-driven nature of the Shiraz. A dense yet savoury palate with depth and boldness also exhibits an elegant restraint. This is a wine that will mature extremely well with long term cellaring through to 2040. – Ben Glaetzer.
|Varietal(s)||Shiraz/Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon|
Barossa Valley Wine
The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.
A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.
Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.