2013 Sons of Eden "Remus" Old Vine Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Hand-picked from low-yielding 50+yo vines, open-fermented, some whole bunches, cold soak, post-ferment maceration, matured in predominantly new French hogsheads for 22 months. The low yield and vinification haven't led to dead fruit and/or over-extraction, and this has exceptional intensity and power, the whole bunch inclusion providing some lift, the French oak a flavour counterbalance for a wine of the highest quality.
Very deep red/purple colour, the bouquet rich and chocolate-ripe, bright and concentrated, deep and plush with fleshy extract aplenty and loads of soft tannin and alcohol. The wine is very full-bodied, concentrated and plush - power-packed but with remarkable softness of texture. A terrific shiraz. Drink 2019 to 2038. (Huon Hooke)
Densely packed, with black pepper accented black cherry, plum and floral flavors that nestle into a bed of plush tannins, finishing with intensity and depth. The finish just keeps expanding. Drink now through 2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Remus is redolent of cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with hints of lavender, spice box, earth, Provence herbs and peppercorns. The palate delivers way more punch than the nose suggests with mouth-filling red berry and spice flavors supported by rounded tannins and lively acidity, finishing long and peppery. (92+)
Blueberry fruit and a nice eucalypt note. Spicy and picquant despite its fruit-centricity. Fine grain tannin.
Sons of Eden is a project from two guys who really know what they're doing. Winemaker Corey Ryan has 20+ vintages under his belt making wines for famed producers such as Henschke in Eden Valley. Viticulturalist Simon Cowham brings 24+ years of experience to the duo serving as a long time vineyard manager at Pewsey Vale and Yalumba. The Sons of Eden wines showcase the best of Barossa with fantastic purity of fruit, power, balance and elegance. They are selected from some of the best single parcels in the region, with Simon managing hundreds of acres of vineyards; he is able to pick out his favored blocks literally one barrel at a time. Winemaker's Notes: "A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focused and elegant. We believe the twins' characterize the distinctive and unique flavors and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys - the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Remus here, the more refined, elegant twin is pure and bright. Deep inky purple in color with bright crimson hues, this wine has a combination of dark cherry and complex spicy aromas. The palate displays layers of ripe berry fruit character melded with refined velvety tannins."