2013 Sons of Eden "Remus" Old Vine Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia

SKU #1228611 97 points James Halliday

 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.  (8/2016)

95 points Bob Campbell

 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)

94 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (11/2015)

92 points 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+)  (6/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Blueberry fruit and a nice eucalypt note. Spicy and picquant despite its fruit-centricity. Fine grain tannin.  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
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South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Eden Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5