Bold Shiraz The Gift Of The Barossa
Glug 'Wiley Peacock' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
You need to hold this wine up to a bright light to appreciate its beauty. A near impenetrable crimson black, a colour I call cherry black after very ripe cherries, which finally reveals a very bright, purple crimson at the meniscus; the absolute essence of a well-made and youthful Barossa red. To get this colour it must made in the traditional way in open fermenters which allows the fruit to round out from aeration.
Originally they used fermenters made from giant slabs of slate but these are a devil to clean, though Henschke and Rockford still maintain them, at least for the prized reds. Cement took over and then stainless steel. The maker of this whopper used stainless though the vat size is important and this batch was produced in small five tonne fermenters.
Big companies fermenting thousnads of tonnes do not have the time for this luxury and it shows in the wines. Sure the wine is young but what a heavyweight and you will feel this as it settles in the mouth. I’m wary of pointing over 96/100 but readily give this Shiraz 95/100.