The Eden Hall Block 4 Shiraz was early following a dry winter, spring and summer in the Eden Valley.
Whilst January was a little cooler than average, the summer was generally hot and dry, but thankfully there were only a few heat spikes into the forties. Yields again were low across all varieties apart from Riesling which didn’t seem too fazed by the conditions, and yet again confirmed that Eden Valley is its natural home.
The Eden Hall Block 4 Shiraz comes from selected rows in Block 4 and spent nearly two years in French oak followed by more than a year in bottle prior to release. The wine is a deep crimson-purple colour presenting with a subtle nose of spice, white pepper, and chocolate. On the palate there is an abundance of fleshy red and black fruits, perfectly balanced and finishing with soft, velvety tannins. Power and finesse such that it can be enjoyed now and beyond the next 20 years.
97 points, James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selections 2015
“Superb example of the variety and region. Full-bodied but silken, ripped with inky blueberry and blackberry fruit flavour, but alive with violet, fresh mint and assorted garden herbs. Deepandwise,butsharpasatack. Cutwithrocky,minerally, smoky tannin. At the riper end of the spectrum, sure, but a powerhouse wine, a perfumed steamroller, and with a long future ahead.”
Eden Hall Wines is a family owned boutique winery established in 1997 by David and Mardi Hall in the high country of the beautiful EdenValley. A total of 33 hectares is planted to red varieties consisting of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and white varieties including Riesling, Viognier and more recently Grüner Veltliner.
The wines are made from estate grown fruit by two of the best winemakers in the Barossa and they were chosen for their particular strengths. Christa Deans, who is the regarded as the ‘Queen of Eden Valley Riesling’, has produced the white wines since 2004 and Kym Teusner, one of the ‘Barons of the Barossa’, has been entrusted to make the red wines since 2007.
The Eden Hall team embrace the philosophy of producing high quality wine grapes using eco-friendly, sustainable land management practices that ensure both long-term landscape and viticultural viability.