IZWAY - Harold Shiraz 2017
***Only 10 dozens left! Drinking well, still lots of power, bold wine 2020-2035+ This is killer Shiraz! An impressive Northern Eden Valley Shiraz that is ripe & punchy.***
Craig has many fond memories of family holidays on the river with Harold the much loved and revered fishing rod. He is now old and grumpy but he is still freakishly talented. Much like Harold we think this wine will get better as it gets older.
The Harold vineyard is located in the hills of Eden Valley just a stone throw from the famed Hill of Grace and Mt Edelstone vineyards. This wine has all the wonderful high tone aromatics and wild earthy spice you would expect from an elegant Eden Valley Shiraz.
After a gap year in 2018, the 2019 Harold ventures back to the undulating hills of the Northern Eden Valley.
The first vintage off this new vineyard has embodied the hot summer of 2019 and is closer to the Barossa Valley in style than a traditional Eden profile. Ripe, punchy, fresh, bright and clean, the aromatics are impressive, bold and distinctive.
The similarities to Harold’s of the past are immediate, with this release reminiscent of both the 2008 and 2013 releases. The palate displays zippy acid, grippy tannin and has a plush, velvety texture. An ultimately ripe Eden Valley Shiraz that is a cracking first release from what we hope will be a long-term home for Harold.
Our job is made easier through access to the amazing old-vines and abundant sunshine that makes the Barossa Valley so famous across the globe. Wines of purity, energy and vitality that speak clearly of the region we call home.
Our wine making is simple and minimalistic, based on old world, hands on techniques. We limit our acid additions as much as possible, rarely use nutrient, never use tannin or any other additions and we never fine or filter our wines.
We use all old oak (apart from 2 barrels a year) and age some of our wine in large oak Fudre (2.4kL). We also use some whole bunch winemaking with Grenache and Mataro and only destem (we don't crush) our Shiraz.