Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz 2012
VERY LIMITED! Serious pedigree, elegant version of sparkling red.
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Stephen George wears several winemakers’ hats, one for his Ashton Hills wines coming from his estate vineyard high in the Adelaide Hills and the other for the iconic Wendouree in Clare. He refers to his dry grown Piccadilly Valley vineyard planted back in 1982 as the “Burgundy of the Adelaide Hills”. Ashton Hills has received many awards including the coveted 5 Red star rating from James Halliday.
His take on this now cult style is, without question, one of the titans of the genre. Given that its fruit is drawn from one of Australia’s most revered vineyards, including a healthy portion from vines planted in 1919 at Wendouree, perhaps this will come as no surprise. Crafted from only the best vintages, there’s no denying this special wine’s breathtaking complexity, texture and balance; power with finesse and damn delicious. Open-fermented, hand-plunged, and held for four years in an aged 2,250-litre cask, previous vintages of the Sparkling Shiraz have consistently demonstrated the style and quality that has made this wine one of the most enduring of its class.
Newly released vintage, but consistently rated by James Halliday in the top Sparkling Shiraz in the land. Reviews for previous 2010 vintage:-
93 points, HuonHooke.com, Huon Hooke – JUL 2017 “Medium to full ruby red colour with brick tinges. The bouquet is mellow, earthy and complex, showing good aged development, while the palate is rich and deep, with good concentration and irresistible matured-berry flavours, heightened by peppermint and raspberry touches. The finish is softened by generous liqueur sweetness and it has a balanced, satisfying aftertaste.”
93 points, The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson – JUN 2017 “Sparkling shiraz grown on 1919 plantings at Wendouree. Or at least a large-ish part of the wine comes off these vines. It was aged in old oak for four years before being re-fermented in bottle. It was disgorged last August. It’s a particularly elegant version of a sparkling red. It has aged characters but it also seems startlingly fresh. These factors make for an alarmingly quaffable wine; a few glasses just seem to disappear before you know it. Redcurrant, boysenberry, plum, leather and mint. Perhaps a whisper of game. Some tannin too; it certainly feels like there’s good scaffolding here, within a juicy context. It’s fresh, lively and absolutely delicious.”
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Adelaide Hills, Australia
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