2018 Atze’s Corner Opulent Shiraz
Atze's Corner is owned by sixth generation Barossa Valley vigneron, Andrew Kalleske. At the heart of the project are low-yielding 1912 and 1951 Barossa Valley Shiraz vines planted adjacent to the locally-known Atze's Corner, in an unassuming plot of land to the east of Nuriootpa on the valley floor. Fruit is also sourced from several other vineyards, also owned by the Kalleske family. Two of the Barossa Valley's prized sub regions make up 100% of the Shiraz in this wine - Ebenezer and Koonunga. As with all Atze’s wines, this Shiraz has been made using the traditional artisan approach - destemmed without crushing, delicately moved to the fermenter to keep the grapes intact, hand pumped over and basket pressed to create a pure and expressive wine.
Rich, plush and highly moreish Barossa Shiraz.
Winemaker Andrew Kalleske states ‘2018 will go down as one of the greatest Barossa vintages in recent history’ and from what we’ve seen so far we have no reason to disagree. Maturation takes place in a combination of American and French oak barrels for a period of 12 months. Saturated inky black in colour with a very deep dark red black hue. Wafting from the glass are heady scents of dark plum, blackberry and liquorice which meld into vanillin oak, subtle earthy fennel notes and spice. Living up to its name the rich, velvety palate is layered with opulent dark plum, blackberry and liquorice fruits which are underscored by vanillin oak, earthy fennel and pepper characters. Deep and long it finishes with silky smooth tannins and a well endowed plush aftertaste. Fantastic value.
Drink over the next 4-5 years.