Current Vintage: 2018
Fashioned from 56% Grenache, 40% Mataro and a seasoning of Barossa Shiraz, 2018 marks a cracking release for Pete Schell's emblematic Esprit blend. It has been sourced from a selection of very old vineyards on the northern (Ebenezer), western (Moppa) and eastern edges (Angaston Foothills) of the Barossa, as well as from Springton in Eden Valley. Vine ages range from 75 to over 150 years, and all sites are dry grown with minimal vineyard inputs-old vineyards grown the old way.
As always, the parcels were fermented wild and macerations varied from between 8-20 days (including partial for several parcels). The 2018 includes roughly 40% whole bunch ferments and were raised on light lees in seasoned demi-muid, 1250-litre foudre and stainless steel tanks until blending and bottling without filtration 11 months after harvest."
Affectionately known as the ‘Garden of Grapes and Gums,’ the Eden Valley was first planted with grapevines by German Families who farmed a variety of produce in the local area. There are now multi-generation families that continue to produce amazing wine in the area.
At just over an hour's drive North East of the Adelaide CBD, the region borders the world famous Barossa Valley and is a well known cool climate wine growing region. Shiraz, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon dominate the region’s output.
"Earthy, savoury bouquet with dried but fresh-feeling berry fruits, some dark chocolate notes, but faint, black jelly bean and anise. The palate is supple, draws long to a fine pucker, feels a bit 'emery board texture' and shows some inky concentration though the wine rides high on cool acidity. It's quite an elegant wine at the same time as being a bit rugged, in the best sense. I like this." 93 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front