Great Western Region, Australia
Ancient writings tell an endearing tale of Jamsheed, a Persian king who was said to be able to see his kingdom in a cup of wine, and whose fondness for fresh grapes lead him to store them in jars over winter where they would inevitably spontaneously ferment and be set aside as ‘poison’. One of King Jamsgeed’s harem, despairing of frequent migraines, chooses to commit suicide by drinking from a poisoned jar. She wakes to find herself miraculously cured, informs her king who is most pleased and sets about making many jars of ‘poison’ and thus wine was discovered.
Handpicked from vines planted in the 1890’s in the Great Western region of Central Victoria. ‘Old Best’s’ clone, ‘Concongella’ soil profile. 50% whole bunch fermentation, 40 day extended maceration, indigenous yeast, racked to 1 and 2 year old French hogsheads and puncheons and left sur lees for 10 months, gravity racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Bright purple. Heady aromas of dark berry liqueur, olive, violet and woodsmoke, with a peppery topnote. Sappy, penetrating and nicely concentrated, offering zesty blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that show a slight medicinal edge. Finishes on a sweet note, with lingering spiciness and soft, well-knit tannins.
122 years old
10 months in French puncheons & hogsheads (50% first year / 50% second year)