Shiraz has gone from being a workhorse backbone to many fortifieds in years gone by, to being one of the great success stories of the modern wine making era. Perhaps nowhere as consistently as in the Barossa. Although some muttering can be heard that this star has peaked and that perhaps the gloss is wearing a little thin... I have to say I completely disagree! Barossa Shiraz has now (just this minute) entered it’s “interesting” stage and now more than ever before Barossa Shiraz has something Delicious to say to your mouth!
Picked over Thirteen days in late March early April 2011
Sourced from 25 individual patches of our Stonewell Hill & Stelzer Road Vineyards
Total production 1536 bottles
Brooding deep rich red, bright rim
Black Cherry interwoven with chary oak and red summer fruits. Undertones of Yeasty Complexity and the signature ‘Benjamin’s’ Violet lift give a rich and inviting aroma.
Bright intense Ripe plums and red summer berries interplay with Cherry ‘pinginess’. Chary yeasty richness overlaid with red strap liquorice, milk chocolate, some earthiness and leather. The fine elegant tannins and well balanced Oak structure underpin a long lingering fruit driven finish.
It’s the beginning of August 2019; the end of a long cold winter is a month away and after extensive ‘testing’ – which involves drinking quite a lot under many conditions – I’ve determined that its finally time to release the 2011 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. I’ve called it a ‘Slow Release' because it’s not technically a cellar release… just took a while to get itself out of bed is all ( A fitting parallel to its namesake, Ben ). I swear the capacity to ‘Punch the Zeds’ at this age is almost a sport. But, that generational disconnect aside (and carefully ignoring the same feelings I had 30 odd years ago…) Ben has followed his heart and started Uni this year. His fascination with gaming – not unique for his generation by any means – coupled with oodles of artistic talent has found him doing Media. His focus is CGI and Game design, and he’s thrown himself into it and University life with Gusto. For Example, I had to explain to Nicki that him making the ‘boat racing team’ didn’t actually involve heading down to the Torrens River in the early morning for training. Yep, I’d say at eighteen he’s pretty much got life under control and is enjoying the absolute shit out of it!
The 2011 ‘Slow Release’ Benjamin's Promise Shiraz was forged in a seminal year for the Barossa. We had one of the wettest years on record and certainly the most challenging since I was an eighteen-month-old, way back in 1974. 2011 was the year that truly opened my eyes to the direction in wine I’ve now been following the last 8 or so years. Dad always maintained that the Barossa was capable of great elegance and it took this vintage to drive this home. The grapes were bountiful with flavours not dense, rather lifted and perfumed. There was an unrelenting requirement for focus, detail and discipline in the vineyard, but those that rose to the challenge were rewarded with exceptional wines of purity and elegance. The Shiraz all ripened across our blocks within a relatively short two-week window. In total, 23 small batches ( 550kg to 750kg ) were picked from our Stonewell Hill and Stelzer Road blocks to provide the grapes for the 2011 ‘Slow Release’ Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. Each batch was hand plunged three times a day during ferment before being basket pressed after a total of 25-30 days on skins. The wine was filled with full lees to a mix of old and new French Oak for 40 months maturation. 1536 Bottles have been ‘Slow Released’ in August 2019 of the 2011 Benjamin's Promise Shiraz; as an eight-and-a-half-year-old wine; just entering its juvenile peak. 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!