David Franz – 2014 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz

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Note: tasting notes for 2013 vintage – notes for 2014 still to come

Production:

Picked over five days in February 2013 Sourced from 19 individual patches of our Stonewell Hill Bultawilta & Stelzer Road Vineyards Total production 2040 bottles

Philosophy:

Shiraz has gone from being a workhorse backbone to many fortifieds in years gone by, to being one of the great success stories of the modern wine making era. Perhaps nowhere as consistently as in the Barossa. Although some muttering can be heard that this star has peaked and that perhaps the gloss is wearing a little thin.. I have to say I completely disagree! Barossa Shiraz has now (just this minute) entered it’s “interesting” stage and now more than ever before Barossa Shiraz has something Delicious to say to your mouth! The 2013 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz was tempered on the vines in a year that saw really even fruit set coupled with an early Easter. The Easter full moon is a good rule of thumb as to where the tail end of vintage will be happening and 2013 ran true to form. We picked all our Shiraz over a five day period from the 21st to the 26th of February which were given the ‘rummage of love’ in 19 different small batch parcels. As always, the fruit was taken from Sand, Loam and Clay across our Stone Well Hill Bultawilta and Stelzer Road Vineyards. Each small batch of Shiraz was hand plunged 3 times daily and spent between 27 to 49 days on skins. This extended skin contact is the secret to velvety tannins and the intense fruit drive that are the hallmark of the Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. The ‘unstoppable’ but gentle Hypac basket press extracted every last drop of black gold from the skins which was then filled to new and seasoned French Oak Hogsheads on full lees for 3 years ageing before being racked to tank to settle. After final blending, 2040 bottles were filled (unfiltered) of the 2013 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. Each bottle ( as always ) has been hand printed wrapped and packaged with care by the team at david Franz before wending its way to you.

Colour:

Brooding deep rich red, bright rim

Nose:

Black Cherry interwoven with chary oak and red summer fruits. Undertones of Yeasty Complexity and the signature ‘Benjamin’s’ Violet lift give a rich and inviting aroma.

Palate:

Bright intense Ripe plums and red summer berries interplay with Cherry ‘pinginess’. Chary yeasty richness overlaid with red strap liquorice, milk chocolate, some earthiness and leather. The fine elegant tannins and well balanced Oak structure underpin a long lingering fruit driven finish.

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The liquid offerings of Barossa gold. Unique small batch parcels of Barossa wine; hand wrought with passion to your glass from our vines…As you may have gathered, I am very passionate about the fruit I produce and wines I make. You can savour my wines in the knowledge that they have been nurtured first for a year on the vines then crafted for a few months in the winery before 4 years maturation in wood and the bottle. Each bottle of wine is carefully hand printed and wrapped before being placed in a hand printed carton then sent out into the wide world to find their way to you.

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