2021 Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz
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2021 Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz

Barossa, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
$39. 99
$479.88 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2023-2031)
ABV: 14.5%
Closure: Stelvin

Sons of Eden is a partnership between winemaker Corey Ryan and viticulturist Simon Cowham who both learnt their trades in the vineyards and cellars of Eden Valley. The name of this wine is taken from Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind who is often depicted as a horse. The vineyards of the Barossa are regularly buffeted by cooling Westerly winds creating an ideal temperature range in which to slowly ripen Shiraz.
The 2021 Zephyrus is a blend of 10 different Shiraz parcels located throughout a wide range of vineyard sites within the cooler climate Eden Valley (46%) and warmer Barossa Valley (54%) regions. The vines are aged between 25-60 years old. Each parcel of fruit was fermented with varying levels of whole-bunch fruit clusters (between 10% to 35%). Maturation took place in a mix of new (35%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads for a period of 12 months.

Gorgeously textured, powerful and richly fruited this is a textbook example modern styled Barossa Shiraz.

Magnificent colour featuring a saturated inky black heart along with a very deep dark red black hue. Engulfing the nostrils are potent aromas of dark plum, liquorice and blackberry infused with fennel followed by hints of blueberry, subtle smoky cedar and peppered meat notes. Rich, concentrated and gorgeously textured the palate is awash in opulent dark plum, liquorice, blackberry and ripe blueberry fruits. Notions of spicy vanillin cedar, fennel and peppered dried herb characters the back drop. Outstanding power, volume and depth with seamlessly integrated cashmere like tannins. Finishes long, sumptuous and plush.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Alc. 14.5%

Other Reviews…..
The 2021 Zephyrus Shiraz is a brilliant wine. Luscious tannins frame a bounty of black and purple fruit in the mouth, peppering it with coal dust/graphite/black tea and black olive tapenade. It's a really good, structural, balanced, spicy, exciting Shiraz. It is polished but earthy, too, really well handled. 14.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap. Drink 2023-2031.
95 points
Erin Larkin – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

This is very good, for those after quality Barossa. 2021, an unimpeachable vintage by virtue of its cooler mien, refined tannins and palpable natural degrees of freshness. While the winemaking hand is evident, with smoky barrel fermentation notes, mocha oak and a clutch of floral reduction, the flowing fruit is pure and impressive. The structural attributes are well applied, integrated and serving to compress the inherent largesse of Barossa into a nourishing, drinkable whole. A class act. Drinkable now, but best after 2027. Screw cap.
95 points