2020 Pindarie Western Ridge Shiraz
Family owned and operated by Wendy Allan and Tony Brooks, Pindarie is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘hilly place’. Located on the Western Ridge of the Barossa, the talented Peter Leske (former winemaker of the year) is in charge of production with industry stalwart Brian Walsh assisting in a consultancy capacity.
2020 was one of the lowest yielding vintages on record, the trade off was superb intensely concentrated fruit, Pindarie comparing the quality with great vintages of 2018, 2016, 2012, 2010 & 2008. Grapes were fermented, pressed and matured in predominantly French oak, of which 30% is new oak, for a period of 11 months. To add length and spice 5% American oak was also used.
A bold, muscular Barossa Shiraz made for the cellar.
Magnificent depth of colour featuring an impenetrable inky black core and an equally deep black dark red hue. The nose offers up heady scents of blackberry and liquorice followed by some dark plum, smoky vanillin cedar, scorched earth and peppered fennel like notes. Rich fleshy black cherry, liquorice and blackberry fruits are backed by a firm tannin structure and bright youthful acidity. Gently smoked vanillin cedar, scorched earth, fennel and a burst of blackpepper complimenting the opulent fruits. Muscular feel with a slightly grippy yet long blackpepper infused aftertaste.
Cellar 6-8 years.