Grape: 100% Syrah
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Ageing Potential: 2016 - 2040+
Why You'll Love It?
The first is bred from the gorgeously balanced 2016 growing season and is a sleek and vibrant portrayal of the Hoffmann’s prized ‘Dallwitz’ holdings. Its vivid and high toned fragrance makes for pleasurable drinking now, yet its taught disposition should provide ample framework for extended cellaring.
Our prime cask selection procured from nine rows of the Hoffmann families oldest vines (DW-OLD ~ 0.775 Hectare) and our original four rows from the adjacent plantings (DW-95VSP ~ 0.354 Hectare). The oldest plants were sown between 1888 & 1912, with cuttings then propagated alongside in 1995.
These 17 Burgundian Pièces were carefully assembled and bottled amidst the spring of 2017 after enduring their 81 week elevage. Bottles were filled without filtration, fining or sparging (the removal of naturally occurring oxygen & C02) and all transfers were completed via gravity prior to bottling.
Yields were 32 & 35 hectolitres per hectare. 4791 bottles were filled. Extremely limited.
Our 'simple yet attentive' farming philosophy remains unchanged, with paramount importance placed on prudence, organics and our alignment with lunar rhythms. All cuts are made amid descending moons and with the greatest of care, yearning to produce fine canes, balanced clusters and small berries with resilient skins. Shoot thinning, suckering and crop paring are all integral parts of our annual cycle with an ideal to farm as simply as possible, resulting in the harvest of healthy fruit early in the season that requires no adjustments and little intervention.
Our cellar practices continue this premise; hand sorted clusters endure their primary fermentation at whatever pace the season dictates, without the use of destemming, pumps, yeasts, enzymes or temperature control. The whole clusters are gently pigeaged by foot prior to basket pressing into Burgundian Pièces where they complete both their primary and malolactic fermentations. To encourage the retention of naturally occurring carbon dioxide (a by-product of fermentation and a natural preservative and antioxidant) the wines are not racked or clarified during their elevage and remain on their lees until they are assembled.