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Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Overview

Overview

The distinguished Medlands Vineyard lies within an exceptional pocket of ground at Dorrien on the central north Barossa Valley floor, a site long renowned for growing outstanding Shiraz. Gently sloping towards the North Para River, the microclimate benefits from cooling breezes flowing down-river from the foothills and enjoys optimum sunlight, low rainfall and low humidity.

The vineyard is comprised of ancient soils ranging from loamy sands over light clays to sandy loams over medium clays, laid down 5 million years ago when an uplift of the Eastern ranges and a sinking of the valley floor caused the central valley to fill with sediments. This unique terroir results in Shiraz of purity, elegance, tight structure and flawless balance.

Varietal Shiraz
Vintage 2016
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 14.5%
Peak Drinking Now - 2040
Winemaker Steven Frost

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

96 Points Ray Jordan
95+ Points Mike Bennie

Ray Jordan

"Fruit for this wine comes from the Medlands vineyard in the Barossa. It has typical deep fruit concentration with firmish tannins and a layer of oak. Concentrated blue and black fruits with classic Barossa dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Only French oak of which 28% was new and the rest seasoned. This is a wine of structure and definition which really stands to deliver."

Mike Bennie

"…Succulent wine of serious, ripe tannin and deep, potent concentration. Fog of dark berries, clove, walnut, new leather and pot pourri dried rose petal floral notes. Consistent strong flavours from front to back, tightly wound, run of steel rails of acidity and serious structure from sinewy, powerful tannin. An epic wine here. Distinct pedigree, distinct style and exemplifies premium modern Barossa shiraz."

Food Pairing

Food Pairing

Beef
Lamb
Duck
Veg
Pizza

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Characteristic lifted fruit aromas of blueberry, blackberry, and dark plum unmistakably express the Medlands Vineyard terroir, with underlying savoury notes of bittersweet chocolate, freshly ground coffee and warm, fragrant oak spice adding intricate layers of complexity.

Flavours and Palate

Complex and opulent, with the fine, layered structure, elegance and finesse we have come to expect of the Medlands Vineyard. The palate is laden with pure, rich, dark berry flavours, given tight focus with fine, spicy French oak. A sleek, silky texture, definitive tannin line, and lingering finish give rise to a wine of grace, stature and presence.

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Viticulture Vintage & Winemaking

Barossa Valley, South Australia

Just one hour’s drive from South Australia’s capital, Adelaide, lies its gourmet capital (and wine Mecca), Barossa. One of the country’s most beautiful and historic wine regions, Barossa is a magnet for lovers of fine food and wine. Its classic Mediterranean climate, and free-draining red brown soils, makes the region ideal for growing grapes. Barossa produces excellent Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Riesling and Semillon.

The 2016 vintage at Medlands started out with a drier than average winter, followed by a warm, dry spring and early-summer, with good conditions for flowering and fruit set. January and February were mild, with welcome rain in late January slowing ripening. This allowed for early lignification of seeds and stalks, with development of rich, bright flavours, dense colours and ripe tannins.

Steven Frost - Winemaker

Steve grew up in his family's restaurant business in the Yarra Valley where, at an early age, his interest in food and wine was cultivated.
Though it wasn't his first career, growing and making wine was always Steve's passion, with most weekends spent working part-time in vineyards and making wines with friends.
Steve started working in the wine industry full-time in 1999, the same year he started a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) at Charles Sturt University. Drawn to work in the Barossa in 2005, he's been making Wolf Blass reds since 2008. The winery's expansive vineyard resources, modern and traditional winemaking techniques, and careful approach to blending proved just as irresistible then as they do now.