96 Points – Steve Leszczynski, QWine Reviews
96 Points – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
96 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

2022 ARILA GARDENS
IRONSTONE AND QUARTZ GARDENS
SHIRAZ

$90.00

This parcel is a selection of vines showcasing the absolute best Shiraz from our Arila Gardens single vineyard site. The exact rows and sections of each garden selected for this Shiraz may change from one year to the next as we seek out fruit of the highest quality.

The philosophy with this Shiraz is simple; to make world class wine which expresses the very best of this variety from our vineyard, in this time to be savoured for many years to come.

Tasting Note

Grape Variety: Shiraz
Vineyard: Quartz & Ironstone Gardens from the Arila Gardens single vineyard, Moppa, Barossa Valley.
Colour: Deep crimson with an intense purple rim.
Nose: Brooding blackberry and blood plum fruit, heightened with notes of liquorice, Dutch cocoa, toasted hazelnut,and graphite.
Palate: A rich core of black fruits fills the mouth, luscious and generous whilst retaining buoyancy and liveliness to the palate. Fine-grained tannins build and lengthen, supporting the flavorful fruit. Subtle, nutty oak provides a savoury complement. Flavours keep evolving and building in the glass over time, suggesting a great propensity for bottle maturation.
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 1 March, the summer was dry. The cool conditions allowed for the steady ripening of fruit to its optimum flavour, colour, and tannin development. Wines of the 2022 vintage are characterised by having lovely natural balance, brightness of fruit, perfume, and long fine structural palates.

Winemaking

  • Harvested 3 to 15 March 2022.
  • Small percentage of whole bunch at base of fermenter, remainder whole berries
  • Fermented in small open top for 10 days
  • Gentle pump overs and hand plunging
  • 14 months maturation in French oak hogsheads
  • 25% new oak, remainder seasoned
  • Unfined and filtered prior to bottling
  • Bottled June 2023, only 600 9LE cases produced

Acidity 6.2 g/l
pH 3.56
Alc/volume 14.6 %
Residual Sugar 0.37 g//

Reviews

Review number 600 for the year so let’s make it worth celebrating. I present another brilliant Shiraz from Barossa producer Arila Gardens. This Ironstone and Quartz Garden 2022 is in the zone.
From a single vineyard planted in 1940, winemaker Adam Clay has some serious material to work with. This Shiraz is dense and goes deep. It is a sheer delight to drink with its gloss and sheen. Coupled with its silky feels and elongated and super fine finish, it is absolutely glorious. Sip this and you get the sense that you are floating on a cloud.
Dark berries and plums consume you. Swirl the glass some more and mulberries rise up. Fine caramel, and dark chocolate manoeuvre their way about with ease. Some meatiness in the form of pan juices and a puff of earthiness come late before fine sheets of Christmas cake and baking spices drape themselves across the palate and stay the course on a sustained finish. Super classy. Just brilliant drinking. Bravo.
Drink to ten years+ – Steve Leszczynski, QWine Reviews, 96/100.

From the Moppa sub-region, this release might possibly top the spectacular 2021, it is a cracker. From a single vineyard, planted in 1940, this is classic Barossa. Dark magenta in colour, this is a balanced style of Shiraz. The nose gives us a swirling array of aromas, with mocha, coffee beans, cassis, black fruits and chocolate. Barossa to the bone with a gorgeous plushness, the wine is balanced, generous and offers good extraction. A very long finish, with silky tannins. Enjoy for at least ten to twelve years. A cracking Shiraz.Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot, 96 Points.

Opulent and sensually appealing, the dark fruit richness is beautifully enhanced by seductive complexity, showing black and purple fruit intensity, toasted spice, vanilla and cedary oak characters on the nose. It’s bold and flavoursome while remaining structured and harmonious with outstanding depth and layers of velvety tannins, finishing impressively long and gratifying. At its best: 2026 to 2040.Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 96 Points.