Antiquarian, Limited Clare Valley Pinot Noir Shiraz 2016
Limited Clare Valley Pinot Noir Shiraz 2016
An Antiquarian is a collector of rare or ancient books and curios, a name befitting this rare and exclusive wine.
Antiquarian wines, the pinnacle of quality, are hand crafted from only the very best parcels.
The 2016 Antiquarian Pinot Noir Shiraz is the first release of this unique blend. Half tonne Pinot Noir was hand picked by our winemaking team of Peter Gajewski and Phil Reedman MW, and their families. A multi-clonal vineyard, with 9 clones across the tiny space, it is a very unique Pinot block. Shiraz was machine picked and crushed on top of the Pinot. Hand plunged and fermented with inoculated selected yeast strain, the ferment temperature peaked at 28 degrees and the wine was on skins for a total of 15 days in the open fermenter. Pressed off to tank, settled and racked to then mature in seasoned French oak barriques for approximately 10 months. Very light filtration at bottling was used to retain the finesse and elegance of the fruits expression.
Closure screw cap
Fruit 55% Pinot Noir 45% Shiraz
Region Single Vineyard Clare Valley, South Australia
Production Two hundred and sixty six packs
Bottled April 2017
Cellar 8-10 years
Deep inky crimson red showing brick edges.
Complex herbal aroma of marjoram and fennel seed.
Ethereal fine silky tannins with a bright vein of acidity and mulberry, raspberry and dark cherry fruits.
Inspiration came from Maurice O’Shea’s 1936 Mt Pleasant Pinot Hermitage light dry red, though never fortunate
enough to taste it, the legend of it was inspiring enough to tread humbly in its footsteps.
2016 Reviews & Awards
95 POINTS/5 GLASSES
Halliday Wine Companion – Top Cellaring - June/July 2018
CWSA Best Value 2018 Hong Kong
18/20 Jancis Robinson - Julia Harding MW
The aroma is stunning and totally unexpected and so hard to describe: there's a combination of a gentle red-fruit delicacy as well as richer and dark-fruited spice, the aroma coming in waves that alternate these characteristics. On the palate, that same layered and gorgeous complexity of succulent and sumptuous red, silky fruits and a background of spicy dark fruit. Somehow you can taste these two sides to the wine even though they are completely integrated. I can't remember the last time I tasted such a fascinating and unexpected wine. And fascination is not just cerebral but also incredibly sensual. Utterly gorgeous. The tech sheet mentions mulberry and that really is a good suggestion because that too has a luscious richness with very bright acidity. It's long too with an aftertaste of sweet red cherry. The tannins are perfectly judged to support the fruit and give it shape for a good few years in bottle. (JH)
Published 18 Oct 2017.
Reviewer Julia Harding MW