Vineyard: Made entirely from 50 year-old Shiraz vines grown in the celebrated Kurtz Family Vineyard ‘Lunar Block’ on Stockwell Road, Light Pass, Barossa Valley. Our family purchased the block on July 20th 1969, the day man walked on the moon, and consequently it has been known as ‘Lunar Block’ ever since. Low cropping with minimal irrigation creates vine balance ensuring fruit with great colour and concentrated varietal characteristics.
Winemaking: The wine was made with minimal interference from the winemaker. Small batches were fermented on skins for 10 days. Malo-lactic fermentation was encouraged as soon as primary fermentation was complete. Matured for twenty-eight months in new French oak. 2 barrels were produced and kept separate until final blending prior to bottling.
Acidity: 6.3 g/L
Colour: Rich dark red with hints of purple-black.
Nose: A mix of wild cherries and cake spices dominates the nose, with a delicate sage lift and layers of fine oak adding further complexity.
Palate: The palate is medium to full bodied, and richly textured with concentrated, spicy fruit. Complex flavours of savoury cherry, blackberry, blueberry, smooth dark chocolate and mocha are tied together with fresh, balanced acidity and finegrained tannins that provide a definitive, structural line and a lovely, silky mouthfeel.
Cellaring Potential: to 2028
Food Match: Perfect with rich, full-flavoured dishes like chargrilled sirloin with sweet-potato mash, or five-spice quail with roast beetroot.
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