Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2018 edition panel review of Australian Shiraz (see blue link below).
Heirloom Vineyards A`Lambra Shiraz 2014 - July 2018 Decanter review
Heirloom Vineyards is a venture of Zar and Elena Brooks, 'the lofty aim of which is to preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine, the unique old vineyards of South Australia and to champion the best clones of each variety, embracing the principals of organic and biodynamic farming' - James Halliday 2011. Halliday names Heirloom as one of the best new vineyards in Australia in 2011, saying the quality of the new wines is outstanding. Seven long vintages of trial and error have passed before Heirloom Vineyards were satisfied they had made a wine fine enough to pass on to future generations.
The Heirloom Vineyards A'Lambra Eden Valley Shiraz was produced from a single site in the Eden Valley. Heirloom hand-tends their vines meticulously, carefully balancing cutting-edge techniques with old-school viticulture and winemaking.
Good winter and early spring rain set the vines up well for the 2014 vintage. Wind and frost negatively impacted fruit set but late spring and summer experienced warm, dry days. The harvest began with very hot weather interrupted by two days of heavy rain in mid-February. An Indian Summer allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, producing exceptional quality.
The must is natural yeast open top fermented, then basket-pressed and matured for up to two years in well-seasoned first use French and Bulgarian oak barriques from bespoke coopers.
An extraordinary Shiraz from the Eden Valley that is inky red in the glass, the wine has lifted red fruits on the nose as well as darker blackberry and blueberry aromas. A touch of spice from the new French oak lends richness and complexity to the wine. The palate is fresh and persistently fruity throughout its long finish.