Tasting Notes

This is Pete Schell's higher-toned, more linear, red-fruited and floral expression of the Barossa: a yin to Bête Noir's yang. To this end, Schell sources from "...generally higher, cooler sites, where earlier harvesting gives wines with bright fruit expression and a textural freshness". For the 2020, fruit was harvested by hand from six high and exposed parcels in the Barossa and Eden Valleys, where the soils are, for the most part, light, with varying degrees of gravel, silt and sand. Vine age varies from 20 to 60 years old (averaging around 40 years). The wine--naturally fermented with around 30% whole clusters in a mix of stainless steel, wood and concrete--also sees a shorter maturation than the Esprit and Bête Noir, et al. Here, it lasted for eight months on lees prior to bottling without filtration.

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