Grape: 100% Syrah
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Ageing Potential: 2019 - 2040+
Why You'll Love It?
A compilation of his finest and most regal casks procured from the Hoffmann families two oldest plantings; DW-OLD & ER-27.
The gnarled thicket of DW-OLD was sown between 1888 & 1912 with the adjacent ER-27 planted in 1927. The pair reigned supreme amidst the moist and abundant 2017 season, yielding a relaxed and plush expression of the Hoffmann’s deep red earths.
These 19 Burgundian Pièces were carefully assembled following their second winter having endured a 77 week elevage. Bottles were filled without filtration, fining or sparging (the removal of naturally occurring oxygen & C02) and all handling was completed via gravity prior to bottling.
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.