Viticulturally, a cool spring and summer followed by perfect warm and dry autumn conditions, enabled the development of grapes with naturally balanced acid and excellent colour and flavour. I made the decision to cut half the crop off at veraison to ensure Balthazar grapes would achieve their optimum ripeness and flavour development, finally cropping at a low 2 tonne/acre.
Harvested on Sunday 14th April 2002, the Balthazar shiraz grapes were vinified in small open top stainless steel fermenters for 8 days & pumped over twice daily to maximise extraction of colour and flavour.
The 2002 Shiraz then spent 18 months maturing in both French and American oak barrels before being bottled on 15th December 2003. 80% French and 20% American oak barrels with 25% being new and 75% being 2nd use barrels.1000 cases produced and all in 750ml bottles.
Colour: Opaque deep crimson hue
Nose: Lifted violet aroma followed by vanilla,liquorice,blackberry and black pepper.
Palate: Mouthfilling flavours of spice, blackberry, blackpepper and liquorice . Full, rich and even structure with fine acidity & fine, firm tannins with lingering length
Vital Statistics: pH:3.40 | Acid:6.76 g/L | Alcohol: 14.5% | Residual Sugar: 3.9g/L
Gold Medal and 2 Trophies for ”Best Mature Red Shiraz (Class 10)” and “Best Wine – Small Producer” at the 2005 Barossa Wine Show, Sep 2005
“Winemaker Anita Bowen has produced an excellent shiraz. Totally opaque black crimson colour with deep crimson hue. Aroma of violets, creating superb perfumed lift, followed by vanilla liquorice, black pepper and blackberry. Mouth filling palate flavours, with excellent length and depth. Flavours of liquorice, black pepper, blackberry and spice in abundance. Perfect balance. Very long aftertaste of liquorice, vanilla and cedar”. Rating 95/100. Vintage Direct-Nicks Wine Merchants, Melbourne, 5th April 2005.