2017 Kurtz Family Vineyards Barossa Cabernet Shiraz
The Kurtz family are fifth generation Barossans of German descent who have been growing grapes and making wines for nearly 80 years. Winemaker Steve Kurtz learnt his craft from industry greats such as Nigel Dolan and John Glaetzer whilst working at Saltram, Orlando and Fosters throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s. In 2006 he decided to focus on his own project and with plantings dating back to the 1930’s has enviable resources to work with.
This classic Australian blend is a 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz spilt made from parcels of Light Pass Shiraz and Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Maturation taking place in seasoned French oak hogsheads for 30 months.
A rich Cabernet Shiraz blend that has some serious structure behind it.
Impenetrable inky black core with a deep dark red black hue. Nosing offers up a mix of ripe blackcurrant and liquorice fruit which is complimented by hints of mint, dusty vanillin cedar, tobacco and spice. Rich blackcurrant, dark plum and liquorice fruits are supported by a sturdy tannin framework. Elements of earthy vanillin cedar, light tobacco and spicy mint work their way onto the back half. Slightly dryish, structured finish with a lengthy aftertaste that’s a touch grippy.
Cellar 5-6 years.