Coming from a 117-year-old vineyard in the Marananga sub-region of the Barossa Valley, this is a barrel sample of the 2016 Alte Reben Shiraz. "2016 was a gift," winemaker Reid Bosward informed me. "You don't get many vintages with above average yields and good quality." This wine delivers gorgeous purity of fruit, with a beautiful floral perfume over a core of crushed blackberries and Bing cherries. The palate is already remarkably balanced with ripe, rounded tannins and wonderful length.
A wild and gently meaty edge here with a dark-berry core and a very assertive blackcurrant and purple-flower edge. The palate has such depth and velvety, rich tannins that it casts a very long, plush and rich finish.