Fallen Giants Block 3 Shiraz 2016

Fallen Giants Block 3 Shiraz 2016

Grampians, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14.5%

The Halls Gap vineyard in the Grampians has a long and revered history dating back to the 1960's. A long time grower for Seppelts and Penfolds, the vineyard was in the hands of the late Trevor Mast for many years, and in 2014 was acquired by Aaron Drummond. With a focus on Cabernet, Riesling and Shiraz, the single vineyard wines of Halls Gap Estate are labelled 'Fallen Giants' - a reference to the dreamtime stories about the creation of the mountains.

This 2016 Fallen Giants Block 3 Shiraz is a brilliant example of Grampians Shiraz; beautifully structured, it's hits the seemingly perfect balance between approachability and excellent fruit flavours, with quality French oak playing a mere support role. There was only 100 dozen of this stunning Shiraz produced and on the back of a 98 point review from Halliday, we expect our limited stocks will go quickly.

"98 Points. Fascinating: the analysis and the vinification of this wine are identical to those of its lesser-priced sibling, both wines picked on the same day and made in exactly the same way. Of course there has to be differences, and this wine came from vines solely at 220m (100 dozen made), the other from vines between 180-220m (1400 dozen made). This achieves even greater depth, power and length than its sibling. Screwcap. 14.5% alco. To 2050. $50"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019. 

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The Halls Gap vineyard was planted on the steep eastern slopes of the Grampians in 1969. It represented part of the second coming of the Victorian wine industry which had seen very little new plantings since the turn of the century.

A long time grower Seppelts and Penfolds, in the mid 1990's the vineyard was acquired by the famed winemaker, the late, great Trevor Mast, and subsequently became a Mount Langi Ghiran vineyard. In 2014 it was purchased by Aaron Drummond (half of Circe Wines) and a new chapter commenced.

High elevation, old vines and ancient rocky soils have kept yields low but always delivered incredible quality. 23 acres under vine with a predominance of Shiraz, but a small paddock of old Riesling and Cabernet. The single vineyard wines of Halls Gap Estate are labelled 'Fallen Giants' in reference to the dreamtime stories about the creation of the mountains.
From our single vineyard planted in 1969 on the eastern slopes of the Grampians. A nice even year with little in the way of heat spikes in the region. The Shiraz was hand picked in March, then fermented in traditional open fermenters with hand plunging twice a day. The wine was pressed off to barrel where it matured in French oak (20% new) for 18 months before bottling. This single vineyard Shiraz has great concentration with hints of blueberry, dark cherry, fine tannins and lifted spice. Drinking well now but will also reward cellaring to 2025.

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