Original

Average (34) Ratings: 4.3 Hearts

Expert Ratings: 95.0/100 points

Wine Details

Vineyard

Mitolo

Varietal

RP95

Style

Red

Wine Description

Vintage - 2006 The Barossa valley experienced late opening rainfall after one of the driest autumns of the century. Despite this, winter rainfall was slightly above average, with relatively mild weather. Late December and early January saw a series of heatwaves, which slowed vegetative growth particularly on Shiraz. March then recorded precipitation approximately 50mm above average, however this did not slow ripening. Overall crops were lower than the previous vintage, with less colour and finer read more...Vintage - 2006 The Barossa valley experienced late opening rainfall after one of the driest autumns of the century. Despite this, winter rainfall was slightly above average, with relatively mild weather. Late December and early January saw a series of heatwaves, which slowed vegetative growth particularly on Shiraz. March then recorded precipitation approximately 50mm above average, however this did not slow ripening. Overall crops were lower than the previous vintage, with less colour and finer flavours. Vintage reports courtesy of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia Winemaking The fruit was fermented for 10 days on skins at 18-23° in open fermenters. The wine was then cold pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation followed by natural malolactic fermentation before racking. The gross lees were left in contact with the wine and stirred in barrel, to enhance the typical Barossa earthy, truffle characters in the finished wine. Tasting Note Earth and spice, some dusty notes from the fine-grained French oak add futher interest and complexity. Briary fruit and blackcurrant notes also provide a freshness to the nose. The 06 Reiver shows more restraint than previous vintages and will take a few months to begin to blossom in bottle. Flavours of dark chocolate, Satsuma plums and crushed leaves mingle with supple tannin and refreshing acidity. Cellaring Will evolve nicely for 8-10 years. (hide)