A key wine in my formative wino years was Wynns Ovens Valley Burgundy – sadly gone, but never forgotten. Oddly, much of it it never came from the Ovens Valley at all, but a little further west, over the hump of the Warby Range, in the sleepy Taminick Valley. Here the Booth family have been doing their thing for a century or so, and they kindly let us get our hands on some of their 1919 Block Shiraz – the very same that made the Ovens Valley Burgundy all of those years ago.
A little more than medium bodied with smoky raspberry and blood-plum fruit. Grainy and textured through the middle with the kind of fine, supple tannins you so often get with old vines. Plenty of whole berries in the ferment for freshness, and we have kept the oak volume turned down pretty low so as not to mask the integrity of the old vine fruit. Long and languid with an effortless structure that will see the wine age beautifully over the coming 8-10 years.
2016 Old Vine Shiraz
Glenrowan (Taminick Valley)
67 dozen made
$36/bottle – BUY