Epsilon is the project of Aaron and Julie Southern (Julie is a member of the Kalleske clan) who own vineyards in the Northern part of Barossa. As the familiar story goes with so many growers they sold off their fruit to larger wineries until a chance meeting with the Massena boys Dan Standish and Jaysen Collins. Under their guidance they convinced them to start up their own brand in 2004 and built a winery on the property. Sourced from a single vineyard the wine sees approximately 12 months in older French oak with only the best batches making the final blend.
With a concentrated colour and profound, super-ripe aromas of dark chocolate and black plum, this archetypal Barossa shiraz lets the fruit do the talking. It’s likewise dense and concentrated in the mouth, powerful and structured for ageing, with a generous serving of tannin – all in balance. From the winemaker at Hentley Farm, Andrew Quin.”
The Barossa Valley Shiraz is sourced from mature Barossa Valley vineyards, with the majority located along the region’s North-Western ridge in Marananga and Seppeltsfield as well as Lyndoch Valley in the Southern Barossa. Fruit parcels are vinified separately in concrete vats, before being basket pressed and assembled into large format 4,500 litre French oak foudres for 15 months maturation. The wine is neither fined nor filtered prior to bottling.
The Barossa Valley Shiraz is generous in its dark plum and blackberry fruits. Notes of tar and graphite follow with hints of dried herbs and tobacco.
The palate is rounded and supple with dark fruits and a supple tannin backbone which brings with it coffee ground and cedar flavours. The wine finishes with generous dark fruits and white pepper spice.
91 points Robert Parker
From a single vineyard on Bayliss Road in the Sellicks Foothills sub region of McLaren Vale. Matured in 75% new French oak, only four barrels produced. Crushed and destemmed and no adjustments. 11-day ferment, then basket pressed to tank to settle off solids, three days later racked to barriques. Our Archetype Shiraz is our attempt at bridging the gap between classic and modern McLaren Vale styles: concentrated and powerful yet restrained. Intense but still elegant.
96 points James Halilday