2010 Sons of Eden "Remus" Eden Valley Shiraz (Previously $70)
A slightly brighter, more red, hue than Romulus; a complex, luscious wine that shows its 22-month maturation in mainly new French oak; the fruit flavours are in a black cherry and spice spectrum, the tannins plentiful but ripe, reflecting the minimal fining.
Clean blueberry and blackberry character with hints of flowers. Full body, wonderful fruit and subtle black pepper and sandalwood. Balanced and refined. Better in 2016, when everything will be in harmony, but beautiful now.
Polished, expressive and focused, with juicy flavors of blackberry and white pepper, picking up an oatmeal note as the finish lingers gently. Needs time to settle down. Best from 2015 through 2020.
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. 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."