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96 Points – Steve Leszczynski, Q Wine Review
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93 Points – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot

2022 ARILA GARDENS
OLD VINE SHIRAZ GRENACHE

$150.00

This range is a selection of our oldest vines showcasing the unique attributes of our Arila Gardens single vineyard site in Moppa. The philosophy behind this range is simple – to make a world-class wine that expresses our vineyard, the grape varieties, and our location to be savoured for many years to come.

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Tasting Note

Grape Variety: Shiraz 55%, Grenache 45%
Region: Moppa, Barossa Valley
Colour: Crimson with bright magenta hue
Nose: An enticing fragrance, rich with summer berries, floral flecks and red licorice.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with an expressive core of Morello cherry, boysenberry and mulberry fruits. Succulent acidity and finely textured velvety tannins frame the long fruit focussed palate. A seamless, complete blend highlighting the power, fragrance and finesse of old vine Moppa Shiraz and Grenache.
Cellaring potential: 15+ years

Vintage Conditions 

Winter 2021 was recorded as the wettest in 25 years for Northern Barossa, setting up the vines well for the growing season. Other than one welcomed rain event on the 1 of March, the summer was dry. The cool conditions allowed for the steady ripening of the fruit to its optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. Wine of the 2022 vintage are characterised by having lovely natural balance, brightness of fruit, perfume and long fine structural palates.

Winemaking

  • Shiraz handpicked 15 March and Grenache handpicked 23 March
  • Whole berries for ferment
  • 10% whole bunch at base of fermenter, remainder destemmed whole berries. Fermented in small open top for 8 -10 days
  • Gentle pump overs and hand plunging
  • 14 months maturation in seasoned French oak hogsheads.
  • Blended just prior to bottling

pH – 3.39
Acidity – 6.5 g/l
Alcohol – 14.5%

Current Reviews

Meticulously composed and expressed, the wine shows dark berry, potpourri, toasted spice and cedar characters on the nose. The palate exhibits outstanding weight and concentration, beautifully framed by fleshy texture and layers of silky tannins. Powerful yet refined with terrific complexity, finishing superbly long and gracious. At its best: now to 2040.Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (97 Points)

Boom! Arila Gardens is a small Barossa producer absolutely smashing it. What a sweet ride this new Old Vine Shiraz Grenache blend is. Kick back, get comfy and embrace the sheer delight.
A glorious blend with measured complexity, its class seeps through every pore. Highlighted by raspberries and cherries, dark Cherry Ripe, red plums and red licorice, the fusion is magical and the weight is entrancing. Flickers of cedar and caramel raise their hand as it walks with regal splendour. With a gloss and sheen about the fruit, dried herbs roll in late as super fine sandy tannins reach long. Give me more. Absolutely brilliant!
Drink to eight years.
– Steve Leszczynski, Q Wine Review (96 Points)

Past Reviews

No past reviews as this is the first vintage.