94 Points – Andrew Calliard MW
93 Points – Patrick Eckel
2020 ARILA GARDENS
GARDENS OF MOPPA
Our Gardens of Moppa wines are an expression of the region from which we call home. A blend of vineyards, or as we like to call them gardens, from the heart of Moppa. Fragrant wines with personality, crafted with a gentle touch and a respect for these classic varietals from this renowned region.
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Grape Variety: Grenache (47%), Shiraz (40%), Mataro (13%)
Region: Moppa, Barossa Valley
Colour: Vivid cherry
Nose: Fragrant nose with complex layers of blue and red berry fruits. Glazed cherry, raspberry, blueberry, creaming soda and grenadine.
Palate: Seamless core of generous berry coulis fruits with a juicy flow and energy. Expressive Grenache leads with cherry and raspberry flavours, complemented by a dark core of plush Shiraz which is lengthened by a savoury textural Mataro influence. No hint of oak flavour but a lovely creamy texture and softness from 14 months maturation on light yeast lees in seasoned French oak Hogsheads. Delicious.
Cellaring potential: 10+ years
The 2020 growing season was a challenging one viticulturally. Below average rainfall in winter and spring of 2019, combined with wind at flowering and a hot dry December and early January severely impacted yields.
Fewer bunches than typical combined with small bunch and berry size made for limited quantities of intensely flavoured fruit. Rain on the 1st of February was a saviour to the vines, allowing fruit to gradually ripen with good flavour, colour, and tannin development, in sync with sugar accumulation.
Fruit for the G.S.M was harvested on the 18th of March capturing vibrancy of flavour and aromatics.
- Hand-picked – 18th March 2020
- Cold soak 48 hours at 12 °C
- Splattering of whole bunch at base of fermenter
- Remainder whole berry
- Fermentation in small open top fermenter for 14 days with gentle pump overs and occasional hand plunging
- Gentle pressing via bag press
- Maturation – 14 months in 100% seasoned French oak
- Racked from barrel and filtered prior to bottling
- Wine analysis
pH – 3.50
Acidity – 6.5g/L
Alcohol – 14.5 %
Residual Sugar – Dry:0.4 g/L
Medium deep crimson. Very attractive blueberry, raspberry, musky plum aromas with dark chocolate notes. Buoyant and crispy with juicy raspberry, plummy, mulberry fruits, fine chalky/ al dente textures, lovely mid-palate volume and fresh long mineral acidity. 14.5% alc. Drink now – keep for a while. – Andrew Calliard MW (94 Points)
A deep, but vibrant red in colour. Aromatics are pretty with floral red cherry and raspberry joined by wood spice and a touch of aniseed. The palate has layered, juicy, red cherry and plum that is amply supported by fine tannins that are intertwined with baking spice. The finish has an elegance to it with fruit, tannin and oak taking their turn to have an impact but no one part dominating. There is plenty to get excited about by this producer. – Patrick Eckel (93 Points)