2013 Sons of Eden "Romulus" Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
From three low-yielding vineyards, extended fermentation with different approaches, matured in mainly new American hogsheads for 20 months. The come-hither message of the bouquet leads into an even more seductive palate with folds of velvet and satin around dark cherry and plum fruit, soft tannins a constant undertow.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Romulus delivers a gorgeous nose of blackberry tart, crème de cassis and mocha with suggestions of spice cake, cloves, incense and hoisin. Full-bodied, rich and yet not overly heavy, the palate has a solid foundation of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with spice and berry preserves layers.
This savory style weaves smoky, toasty sassafras and coffee notes through the dark berry and cocoa flavors, playing against a taut, polished texture on the finish. Best from 2017 through 2025.
Sons of Eden is a new 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. Romulus here, the more power twin is rich, broad and full bodied. The wine is deep ruby and garnet in color with a complex aroma of dense plum and liquorice with hints of spice and vanilla bean. A powerful and fleshy palate displaying great length balance.