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 a four-day period from the 21st to the 25th of February 2015
Sourced from 25 individual patches of our Stonewell Hill & Stelzer Road Vineyards
Total production 2400 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 is the end of May 2020; and as I write, we are just seeing the first relaxation of COVID19 restrictions. It’s been a bizarre time for us here in Australia, but with us all being locked down since the 22nd of March a light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine. Ben is back at Uni, after a couple of months of online classes. The whole family gathered here at home to ‘weather the storm’ that thankfully never really hit us. Looking at the rest of the world, Australia dodged a massive bullet, but will ‘round two hit us?? That remains to be seen. The upside was we were a family unit once again. The enforced isolation meant that apart from minimal supply runs, we were all stuck here on Mt Lehmo with each other. For me, this meant a focused vintage without any outside distractions. For everyone else it meant a lot of time with each other. Ben, home from the boarding college he normally lives in North Adelaide certainly enjoyed the home cooking, but like the rest of us railed against the lack of social interaction. I don’t think a couple of beers with the family is quite the same as hopping around the highlights of the Adelaide Small Bar scene. That said he did cope, and like the rest of us breathed a sigh of relief when he headed back to uni last week. As I write these words, I can’t but wonder what the next six months will bring.
The 2015 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz was crafted in a year that saw everything ripen early and within a very tight window of time. The early ripening, amongst the heat intensity of late February saw us hopping around like one legged soccer players at a regional final. We picked all our Shiraz over a four-day period from the 21st to the 25th of February. The glorious black gems were given the ‘rummage of love’ in 25 different small batch parcels. As always, the fruit was taken from Sand, Loam and Clay across our Stone Well Hill Bultawilta and Stelzer Road Vineyards. Each small batch of Shiraz was hand plunged 3 times daily and spent between 23 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 to new and seasoned French Oak Hogsheads on full lees for 25 months ageing before being racked to tank to settle. After final blending, 2400 bottles were filled (unfiltered) of the 2015 Benjamin's Promise Shiraz in February 2018. 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!