Maverick Trial Hill Eden Valley Old Vine Shiraz 2017

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"The scourge of phylloxera laid waste to the vineyards of Europe, great and humble, in the mid 19th century and was an unmitigated disaster for France. But it has never affected the vineyards of South Australia, and we have been left with a priceless legacy: shiraz planted every decade since 1840." James Halliday, The Australian, 29th February 2020 This very old Shiraz vineyard was planted in the 1870s and is a true natural wonder. The vineyard has been substantially overhauled, increasing vine health and yields. Our finest vintage was 2014 which received 96 points from James Halliday. The wine shows magnificent fruit and intensity and subtle characteristics of a top-line Barossa Shiraz. 2017 was one of the great years in the Barossa for Shiraz, and our third vintage of Ahrens Creek Shiraz from our ancestor 1870s vines. The latter have a wonderful deep purple red aspect, with beautiful intense complex dark berry nose which is reflected on the opulent but understated palate. A truly unique and intense wine which has received very high accolades.
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  • 97 Points James Halliday
  • "the jewel (vineyard) being Trial Hill in the Eden Valley"
  • Farmed completely Biodynamically
  • 1 or more bottles
    $120.00
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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    97
    "In the Trial Hill organic vineyard, everything is done by hand if possible. The freshness of this shiraz is such that it might coast through 40-50 years. There is a shimmering red fruit heart to the wine, and very fine tannins. 14% alc, Diam 97 points, drink to 2050"
  • Sam Kim

    96
    "Tasted November 2019"

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Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Eden Valley

Eden Valley is a cool climate wine region between 400 and 600m up the Barossa range, to the east of the warmer Barossa Valley. It is of a similar size to Barossa Valley, but given the altitude and cooler climate, Eden Valley is reknowned for producing high quality Riesling and Shiraz. Due to its cool climate, small portions of cooler Eden Valley fruit are often blended with 'sister' wines from the Barossa Valley.

The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for long, slow ripening of the grapes, which generally retain acidity and developing complex flavours on the vine. The townships sub regions include Keyneton in the east, Truro in the north and Mt Pleasant in the south and High Eden, located even higher up the Barossa Ranges, with even cooler temperatures.

The soils of the region is generally nutrient poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. With its rocky outcrop, which extends to the soild, most irrigation is provided by dams, and most vineyards plant their vines close together. When compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is slightly higher in altitude and a little cooler, though has similar sunshine hours, but lower levels of continentality.

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About the brand Maverick

Maverick Wines Pty Ltd. was established in 2004. The objective was and is to be one of the top premium boutique wineries in Australia.

Although the company is young, Maverick owns 75 acres of vineyards from the top terroirs across the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Approximately half of the vines are over 100 years old, and many much older - our Ahrens' Creek Vineyard at Vine Vale has 1840's Semillon, 1840's Grenache, and 1870's Shiraz, while in our adjoining Barossa Ridge Vineyard we have some Riesling from the 1860s! For many years the fruit from these vineyards went into some of the top names of the Australian wine industry - they are now proudly incorporated into our Maverick wines.

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