Vintage 2015 represented near perfect conditions in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Chateauneuf-du-Pape so we thought this would be a fantastic Premium selection of 3 premium reds that will drink wonderfully now or cellar beautifully to be opened after 5 or more years.
Jason Schwarz’s single vineyard “Schiller” Shiraz comes from just 400 vines planted in 1881 (yes, those vines are 134 years old). They yield very little, they’re gnarly old vines indeed, but the quality, concentration and flavours they yield are superb. It needs a bit of time to open up but the aromas and palate once it does it sings. There are flavours of plum, cassis, blueberry, blackberry and charry BBQ notes but it’s not a fat shiraz by any means. It dances on the palate, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers-like. Smooth and classy.
BK’s single barrel Pinot Noir “Remy” is the singularly best barrel of Pinot Noir from the vintage. It’s a rich, bold and balanced Pinot Noir with great red berry fruits and seamless tannin structure. The aromatics are always impressive…every single time…I just want to keep smelling it!
Chateau Husson Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah from approximately 10 Ha of vines in Courthezon just south-east of Orange in the Vaucluse department. These vineyards are some of the most sought after in the region and the wine gives you everything that you should expect from a premium Chateauneuf red but at a great price. It’s a medium-bodied, smooth but structured wine that glows with energy and verve. It lingers long with an excellent after taste of raspberry and spicy earthiness.