2014 Gartelmann 'Diedrich' Shiraz
Hunter Valley & Clare Valley
The 73 year old un-irrigated Shiraz vines are planted on black basalt soil over a limestone base. The Hunter Valley produces lovely round and soft wines. Due to a shortage this year, and for a higher production we married the best fruit from the Hunter and Clare Valleys in our ongoing quest for excellence. A deep vibrant plum colour with an aroma of black cherry, mulberry and fresh spices with floral notes. A medium to full bodied majority Hunter Valley style of wine showing firm yet velvet tannins layered over flavours of blackcurrants and plum. Well integrated oak gives the wine structure and great length of palate.
The 46 year old Shiraz vines are planted on black basalt soil over a limestone base. The vineyard is on a slight slope allowing good drainage and mineral input. The soil type, roots and pruning provided a canopy requiring no shoot or bunch thinning and thus produced a perfect low crop level.
Food Matching: Rosemary and garlic marinated lamb rack, aged beef fillet and full flavoured cheese.
Cellaring: Drink from 2016 or cellar to 2022.
Awards & Reviews:
"94 Points, Excellent richness and length. One of those wines that combines (admirably) depth and prettiness. Dark berries, sweet and ripe, meet florals and spice. Perhaps some licorice too. Positively mouthfilling." James Halliday, Halliday 2017
"94 Points. Beautiful perfumed nose. Trips across the palate in a delightful way. It’s light but there is plenty of depth and the flavour lingers long after it’s swallowed. Still young but has a great deal going for it. 94 points now and I think more to come. $45 is a lot but it’s worth it." The Key Report on Wine, Tony Keys, 2017
"93 Points... The nose showcases the two regions with a peppery plum and red cherry coming from the Hunter proposition and the slightest spearmint note from the Clare with everything wrapped in a casing of pretty french oak spice. A well balanced wine that is brimming with dark cherry and a generosity of oak that's integrated with plummy, chocolatey fruit. Tannin and acid give it great lines and accentuate the wines length on the finish. Breathing life back into the inter-regional blend. Optimal Drinking: 2017 - 2028" The Wine Reviewer, May 2017
"92 Points, Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tinge. The bouquet has an iodine, surgery-like aroma; the palate is very intense, firm and deep, and quite sweetly-fruited. It's full-bodied but light on its feet - not a blockbuster. A tidy wine, loaded with fruit and tannin; ageworthy but already accessible." Huon Hooke, June 2017
"Vibrant mulberry purple colour, well integrated fruit power, lifted spicy pepper & mixed herbs top notes are all well supported by the warmth of 14.7% Alc. The tannin component is subtle, persuasive and lifted by clean acid on the wine's long palate journey. Its mouthfilling complexity continued to deliver and please throughout a dinner of kangaroo steaks." The Grape Hunter, Gilbert Labour, Jun 2017
"There are very few inter-regional blends these days, so it is nice to see one as good as this. Light bright red in colour, aromas of cherries, plums and Asian spices, just a hint of fruit sweetness on the front palate. Heaps of delicious cherry flavours leading to a nice tight finish with plenty of fine grained tannins- still need time to develop. A DELIGHTFUL WINE." Wine Assist, Dan Traucki, May 2017
"93 Points. The wine itself is very good. It drinks well now but it will mature very well. No doubting it. It’s both robust and smooth. Cherries red and black, sweet plum, mint, animale and a spicy gunsmoke character. There’s an appreciable, and positive, curl of tannin through the final third of the wine. But the mainstay here is intense plum-shot fruit. Excellent flow of flavour out through the finish too. Cellar: 2017 to 2025+" Winefront, Campbell Mattinson, May 2017
"93 Points. ...this is a smart wine. Time will be its friend too. It's a little tense and reserved but the potential is clear. The gentle persuasion of some bottle age will do the trick, easy. Smokey, lots of dark fruit, plums and berries straight up. The more I swirl the glass the more a minty character reveals itself. A surprising depth will hold it true for years to come. A sheet of spice lays across the mouth finishing long. The acid seizes up a little which I don't mind either - think big picture. This is the best wine I've seen from Gartelmann. Hold off for another year or so but will cellar long term." QWine, May 2017
"91 Points. Carries some grunt, mint, leather and gamey notes. That's not to say fruit is missing from equation: black cherry, blackcurrant, and sugar plum. It's lightweight in the mouth, smooth - the black fruit consistent throughout. Spicy depths, and a gorgeous tail of light-on tannin... more" The Vinsomniac, June 2017
"The inclusion of Clare Valley material hasn’t detracted one jot from my love for this traditionally rich, opulent red that rightly sits at the top of the Gartelmann tree." PS News, John Rozentals, May 2017