2014 Ron Thorn Shiraz
Deep red with purple tints on release. Rich and concentrated dark fruits, with charry oak and mocha notes. The palate shows dense plum and mulberry with dark chocolate and savoury oak tannins. The wine is intense, balanced and shows great length on the palate.
Parcels of fruit for this wine were identified by the winemakers. Daily fruit inspection led to the fruit being harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The fruit was harvested at night and quickly transported to the winery. The fruit was de-stemmed to 6T open fermenters for fermentation. A Shiraz specific yeast was selected to ferment the wine and fermentation was carried out at a maximum of 28°C. The fermenter was manually pumped over twice daily in the first half of fermentation to give the winemakers control of colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Pump over regimes were adjusted toward the end of fermentation to suit the tannin and flavour extraction of the wine. The cap was completely broken up on each pump over. The wine remained in fermenters for 6-8 days (dependent on parcel) before being pressed, inoculated with malolatic bacteria and filled to American oak (100% new barrels). The wine was racked post malolactic fermentation and returned to the same barrels. The wine was topped every month and after six months racked and returned to the same barrels again. Prior to bottling the parcels were emptied from oak and blended. Minimal fining and filtration was carried out prior to bottling.
Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters.
Gold at 2017 International Wine Competition
Silver at 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Outstanding at 2016 IWSC
Bronze at 2016 Hobart Wine Show
92 Points – Wine Spectator Nov 2016
The dill, smoky mahogany, cedar and tobacco notes are distinctive and aromatic, balanced against wild blackberry and huckleberry flavours. Intense and bold, with rustic tannins. A smoky bacon-like accent lingers on the finish.
93 Points - Josh Reynolds, Vineous
Vivid purple. Heady, oak-accented cherry preserve, blackberry, cola and coconut scents are energized by a jolt of spicy cracked pepper. Alluringly sweet and expansive, offering palate-staining dark fruit, spicecake and mocha flavors and a suave floral pastille nuance. Shows impressive vivacity for its brawn, and finishes very long, smooth and smoky, featuring repeating coconut and blue fruit character and harmonious tannins that come in late.
95 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2018
Best take care when lifting the dreadnought bottle, appropriately heavy - seriously heavy - given the ultra-full-bodied shiraz it contains. It oozes blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice and quality oak, tannins doing their best to provide balance. It's prime lies decades away.
4 1/2 Stars - Winestate Magazine, April 2017
A big Barossa wine. Lovely perfumed oak lifts off the fruit filled nose and the oak driven palate is dark and rich with generous amount of old vine fruit underneath.