There is so much more to Barossa Shiraz than the big jammy fruit bombs that seem to grab the high profile attention. Don’t get me wrong, these wines definitely have their place in the ‘book of shiraz’ it’s just that they are a chapter, rather than the whole story.
Picked between 23rd of February and 2nd of March 2010,
Sourced from individual patches of our Stonewell Hill and Stelzer Road Vineyards .
Total production 3840 bottles
768 Re-Released June 2020
Brooding deep rich red, bright rim
Milk chocolate over pure ‘Barossa plums’ with red liquorice and a hint of char,. youthful briar notes and hints of fragrant tea give a pretty and inviting nose
Ripe plums and red summer berries with lifted sour Cherry undertones, charry yeasty richness overlaid with red strap liquorice, milk chocolate, some earthiness and leather. The fine elegant tannins eventually run into a long lingering savory finish.
Ben is a son anyone would be proud to call their own. Over the years he has struggled to come to terms with academia, but now he’s in year 9 he has no choice but to knuckle down. Ben to his credit, has done a magnificent job balancing his Tramp and School work. He has stepped up and more than shown himself capable of doing them both, very well.
Ben has also proved he deserves his place in the T-Jets squad. This is the programme for elite Gymnasts in South Australia.. In early November this year (2015) we’re all off to Portugal so he can compete in his first international competition and also participate in an elite training camp. Exciting times indeed! Even though the young fella's got a heck of a long way to go, for a 14 year old he is definitely heading in the right direction. That said, Trampoline doesn’t really have a life career path attached to it so it is a relief that Ben is also thriving in other areas too. He’s still mad keen on illustration - although these days the pen is swapped for the tablet more often than not. He’s also showing a real curiosity for (of all things) cosmology and theoretical physics... But in the end, I see most often before me, a younger ‘Dave’. He is happiest when ‘mucking around’ in the great outdoors, Yep, the country lad is never far below the surface, give him a pocket knife, a box of matches, his BMX and a day to himself and Ben is in heaven. Onya son, you do me proud.
2010 was a cracking vintage. Following the trying conditions of the previous year which had such a savory dark character, 2010 was indescribably bright! It was, from the first flush of spring to the day we picked each batch of shiraz as close to perfection as I have ever seen. The 2010 Cellar Release Benjamin's Promise Shiraz was created from 31 different small batch parcels taken from Sand, Loam and Clay across our Stone Well Hill and Stelzer Road Vineyards. Each small batch of Shiraz was hand plunged 3 times daily and spent between 18 to 35 days on skins. This extended skin contact is the secret to velvety tannins and the intense fruit drive that are the hallmark of the Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. The ‘unstoppable’ but gentle Hypac basket press extracted every last drop of black gold from the skins which was then filled on full lees and to new and aged French Oak Hogsheads for 3 years ageing. In 2020, 768 bottles have been re-released of the the Cellar Release 2010 Benjamin's Promise Shiraz. Each bottle ( as always ) has been hand printed wrapped and packaged with care by the team at david Franz before wending its way to you. Enjoy and Cheers!