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The Barossa Valley confronted one of the earliest and smallest vintages in 2013, but quality was outstanding. Dry conditions, coupled with warm to hot weather and variable yield levels forced the growers to manage their blocks carefully, especially with regards to soil moisture and subsequent irrigation. Rainfall in 2012 was the fifth driest on record. A cooler than average January followed by a warm February hastened the ripening process in the vineyard, leading to an early harvest. Despite low yields, quality is strong across the board with reds showing intense flavors, good color and firm tannins. This Shiraz spends six months’ aging in stainless steel tanks with French oak innerstaves before bottling. The color is deep midnight black with a squid ink hue. An expressive and powerful notes of dark and exotic berries leads to a full-bodied wine that has a palate of dark and rich chocolates, traces of tar, leather and spice, with a core of supple, yet immense, fruit-driven characteristics, with a flavor-wrapped finish towards the end of the palate. This wine is part of the seninmar tonight with winemaker Allan Robb Hickinbotham.

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