Paradigm Hill 'Col's Block' Shiraz
The harvest was a test of physical and emotional resolve! In particular, weather related events hit very hard during vulnerable periods with demoralising losses of 70% of the crops. Though quantities are therefore well down, the finished white and rosé wines from this "challenging" season have quickly established themselves as wines of quality, character, distinction and a source of great delight.
As we are located in a cool climate region, our shiraz grapes ripen very slowly and late into autumn. This leads to a shiraz style that has enticing and complex spice aromas, layers of toasty mocha and a palate that is elegant yet intense.
Whilst a contrast to the bigger shiraz wines often associated with Australia, this is a wine that complements a range of food styles without dominating flavours.
After some 18 months maturation in barrel and a further 2 years in bottle, this shiraz emerged from its slumbers and is a striking example of how elegance and intensity in cool climate shiraz can be so pleasing. Spice mingles with toasty oak with hints of mocha tobacco leaf and peppers are layered with dark olives, charcuterie and dark stone fruit.
These elements fold onto the palate… where the balance, harmony and integration of smooth enveloping tannins leave the palate yearning to explore the wine further. A wine for enjoyment now – or perhaps equally satisfying to share the journey of discovery as a slowly maturing rich and flavoursome wine for 15+ years
James Halliday [Wine Companion] ratings of our Shiraz wines from previous releases: Year: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Shiraz Col’s Block: 95 94 94 95 94