2005 Shiraz

This 5th release from Balthazar vineyard epitomises my “modern” take on classic Barossa Shiraz. Pure expression of varietal character supported, not dominated, by premium oak and providing a pleasurable, spicy, complex and lasting experience on the palate. A wine to enjoy now and with greater potential for future enjoyment with cellaring.” Anita Bowen

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Excellent growing season with consistently good winter/spring rains, followed by perfect dry and mild ripening conditions with minimal rain.

Balthazar Shiraz grapes were harvested the third week of March 2005, from both the HILL and HOUSE blocks. The Hill block grapes provide great natural acid and structure to complement the vibrancy of the House block fruit.

Fermentation occurred over 8 days with minimal temperature control, in small, open-top stainless steel fermenters, with twice-daily pumping over to gently extract colour and flavour.

Transferred to predominantly French, with some American oak hogsheads, Balthazar 2005 was given 20 months maturation in barrel before bottling on 29th November 2006.

Closure: Procork

Colour: dense red
Nose: rich, ripe berry fruits with peppery spice
Palate: concentrated plum and blackberry fruits with hints of licorice; fine, firm tannins with layers of spicy complexity ending with a very long finish.
Vital Statistics: ALC 14.5% | pH: 3.38 | Ta: 7.54 | RS: 4 g/L
Cellar: 2020

2008 Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Aust - The Shiraz Trophy
Gold Medal 2008 The Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia
Gold Medal 2008 Australian Small Winemakers Show
Gold Medal 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition (London)
Gold Medal 2008 Rutherglen Wine Show
Gold Medal 2008 Marananga Wine Show
Gold Medal 2007 Royal Adelaide Show
Gold Medal 2007 Australian Small Winemakers Show
95 Points 2009 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
95 Points 2009 Top 100 Wines, Adelaide Advertiser , November 2009
93 Points 2009 April, Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser
92 Points 2008 August, Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Monthly
4.5 Stars Winestate, Shiraz & Blends Tasting, Sep/Oct 2009
4 Stars 2008 Decanter (UK)

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