Maverick Ahrens Creek Shiraz 2019
- Rich, full-bodied
- Barossa Valley
Maverick Wines tends 75 acres of vineyards spread through the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Many are well over 100 years’ old with some dating back as far as the 1840s. Their winery is Certified Biodynamic and all of their vineyards are either Certified Biodynamic or biodynamic in practice. Dry farming plays a huge part in their grape growing as well, promoting incredible concentration of flavour. Everything is hand harvested and only their own fruit is used. It’s no surprise that they’ve attained a Five Star Red rating from James Halliday.
The shiraz for this wine, sourced from the Ahrens Creek vineyard in Vine Vale, was planted in the early 1870s. Eight years ago, Ron Brown and the team at Maverick meticulously rewired and re-trellised every vine, returning the block to its full vigour. This shines through in the wine, one of plump richness, sweet fruit and a silky texture. Behind the fruit, you’ll find hints of roasted chestnut, black olive and baking spices. There’s plenty of fine grain tannin as well, proving great length and ageability.
Full price $150.00 from the producer.
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'Barossa Valley'. This is Australia's key wine brand overseas, in the US especially. It's our riposte to 'Champagne', 'Scotch' and 'Barolo'. My mind conjures these images, in this order: Shiraz, Penfolds wine, Maggie Beer condiments. All of which can GET - IN - MY - BELLY! But there is so much more to the Barossa than first glance. There are fringe (and not so fringe) winemakers actively working to classify the valley's subregions, and this is a very worthy cause. From Moppa to Seppeltsfield to Marananga there's a lot of variation, and the styles produced can vary immensely. This is the next step in the vision of this region (which, let's face it, is a baby in the scheme of things), as it gets acquainted with its strengths, weaknesses and future opportunities.It's a region that's not sorry to produce the big, fruit-driven wine styles that make it so popular. So drink to the future of the Barossa, because it's as bright as any other region on the world stage.