Every winter weekend, our red-blooded mates take to the field for Australia’s unique brand of football – a true-blue test of skill, strength and character. This classic Barossa Shiraz is a great illustration of teamwork by combining ripe, rich fruit from the vineyard with balanced oak integration and skilful winemaking.
Appearance: opaque crimson red with red-brick hues.
Aroma: Lifted red fruit aromatics with a hint of sweet spice and cherry pastilles
Palate: Rich and densely flavoured with bright, expressive red fruit notes and wisps of toasted vanilla. Fine tannins give way to a persistent, moreish finish. Well balanced, juicy style of Shiraz.
Food match: Roasted sirloin with potato dauphinois and steamed greens.
Cellaring: 10 years.
The 2016 vintage fell slightly ahead of schedule this year which was unusual considering there were no drastic heat events to speed up vintage. The style has been recorded as less savoury than the 2014 crop and more on the medium-bodied spectrum than the gutsy 2015 vintage. Overall yields were reported as higher than previous, although the actual berry sizes were noted as smaller.
Our 2016 Blood and Courage was again sourced from the Kalleske and Schutz family vineyards, while this year also saw the addition of fruit from the ‘Hill South Block’ of our estate Ebenezer ‘Resurrection Vineyard’. The Kalleske blocks are also located in Ebenezer while the Schutz acreage is located in Stonewell, a sub-region often noted as showcasing the most honest representation of Barossa Shiraz.
Following harvest, the Shiraz grapes were crushed in a 10T open-top fermenter, for eight to ten day cool ferments, before being pressed and racked to (10%) new and second fill French oak Hogsheads (300L) for 10 months maturation.