“Silence is of great value, some things are better left unsaid”
Region: Barossa Valley Alc/Vol: 14% Winemaker: John Harris
Colour: Dark ruby purple in colour.
Bouquet: Lavish nose showing profound notes of blood plum, mulberries and underlying tones of black pepper, earth and elegant oak.
Palate: Voluptuous, opulent and yet refined are the trademarks of Silence is Golden. This year the vintage produced perfect fruit with a great level of intensity. Highly concentrated featuring alluring flavours of blackcurrant, plum, dark cherry, cassis with velvety smooth tannins and the slightest touch of acidity. Wonderfully integrated oak ensuring great intensity, length and cellaring potential.
Winemaking: Sourced from three blocks in the western Barossa Valley, from vines aged up to 64 years. The 2018 vintage is another standout vintage and one I would say is well suited to the style of wine I enjoy to drink and craft. The timing of picking was critical to ensure wines did not become over ripe therefore we carefully watched and picked based on berry ripeness not just Baume. The Shiraz grapes were selected based on flavour profile to ensure consistency of style. The grapes were handpicked and delivered to the winery and gently worked through the de-stemmer before being transferred to an open fermenter with 20% whole berries. The juice is pumped over twice a day for seven days before draining and loading the basket press. The skins are then gently pressed for approximately 20 hours to retrieve more of the essence of the grape. After the wine has completed its malolactic ferment, it is matured in 23% new and 77% older American and French oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling with minimal fining or filtration.
Cellaring: Allow it to breathe if drinking early. This wine is built to last and will drink magnificently over the next decade.