4.5 Tonne, Picked in February and March 2010
Sourced from 31 individual patches of our Stonewell Hill and Stelzer Road Vineyards
Total production 3840 bottles
Shiraz has gone from being a workhorse backbone to many fortifieds in years gone by, to being one of the great success stories of the modern wine making era. Perhaps nowhere as consistently as in the Barossa. Although some muttering can be heard that this star has peaked and that perhaps the gloss is wearing a little thin.. I have to say I completely disagree! Barossa Shiraz has now (just this minute) entered it’s “interesting” stage and now more than ever before Barossa Shiraz has something Delicious to say to your mouth!
2010 was a cracking vintage. Following the trying conditions of the previous year which had such a savory dark character, 2010 was indescribably bright! It was, from the first flush of spring to the day we picked each batch of shiraz as close to perfection as I have ever seen. The 2010 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz was created from 31 different small batch parcels taken from Sand, Loam and Clay across our Stone Well Hill and Stelzer Road Vineyards. Each small batch of Shiraz was hand plunged 3 times daily and spent between 18 to 35 days on skins. This extended skin contact is the secret to velvety tannins and the intense fruit drive that are the hallmark of the Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. The ‘unstoppable’ but gentle Hypac basket press extracted every last drop of black gold from the skins which was then filled on full lees and to new and aged French Oak Hogsheads for 3 years ageing.
After final blending, 3840 bottles were filled of the 2010 Benjamin’s Promise Shiraz. Each bottle ( as always ) has been hand printed wrapped and packaged with care by the team at david Franz before wending its way to you.
Brooding deep rich red, bright rim
Black Cherry interwoven with chary oak and red summer fruits. Undertones of Yeasty Complexity and the signature ‘Benjamin’s’ Violet lift give a rich and inviting aroma.
Bright intense Ripe plums and red summer berries interplay with Cherry ‘pinginess’. Chary yeasty richness overlaid with red strap liquorice, milk chocolate, some earthiness and leather. The fine elegant tannins and well balanced Oak structure underpin a long lingering fruit driven finish.