The Shiraz Grenache blend is made from grapes we select to give a 'juicy' structure and presence to the wine. As our own young vineyards mature we are using mostly estate grown Shiraz combined with small batches of grapes we buy in from neighbors. The Grenache comes from our prize 'Western Ridge' vineyard on the edge of the Marananga bowl... the warmth of the Barossa comes through in a wine made from grapes from vineyards along the western edge of the Barossa Valley.
To retain the luscious and rich fruit flavours, we use mostly older shaven oak, with about 10% newer oak. The true key to the wine is the Grenache.
In the years Shiraz is strong and bold, the Grenache is somewhat subdued but in others, the Grenache leaps out with spice cherries and strong tannins.
The Wine AdvocateThe 2006 Shiraz (70%) – Grenache (30%) "Halliwell" offers scintillating scents of truffle, earth, blueberry, black cherry, and kirsch liqueur. Layered and full-flavored, with excellent depth and concentration, it has enough structure to evolve for several years. It should drink well through 2016.
Wine SpectatorThis is firm in texture, with a green olive note running through the solid blackberry and cherry flavors. The tannins make their presence felt on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2016. 5,000 cases imported.