Huon Hooke 95 points.
"This is astounding value from a boutique producer. The label is fairly new but the owners are fifth-generation Barossa grape growers. Plummy fruit-driven aromas, coupled with subtle spices and smoky oak, the palate deep, rich and full-bodied, with drive and power. (Screwcap)"
Ranked #1 of 37 2016 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Good Buy Rating: Outstanding
The grapes for the epsilon Shiraz are estate grown, made and matured on the 20 acre site which is situated on the western side of the Barossa Valley in the famed sub region of Greenock. Three pickings are done throughout the vintage period over a time period of around 6 weeks. This gives us much more variety when it comes to blending the wines for producing the best possible Shiraz for each year. Typically our wines are very similar each year due to the fact we are in total control of the management of the site from pruning to when the wine goes into bottle. Only Mother Nature has the ability to change the wine characteristics and although some years have been a challenge we have been able to produce great valued wines year in year out.
Winemaking is carried out by ourselves, in a traditional minimalistic way. The grapes are destemed not crushed then fermented for 7 to 11 days. During this time the ferment is pumped over 2 - 3 times a day & kept at a temperature of 22-25 degrees to ensure that maximum flavour and complexity are extracted from the fruit. The wines are matured in new and seasoned French and American oak for 12 - 24 months.