Deep purple with flashes of crimson.
Distinct aromas of baking spices, sandalwood and pepper unfold from the glass alongside dark berries and bramble.
The palate exhibits super fine tannins which unfold layer after layer with dark fruits, cedar, red plum, forest floor, truffle and an exquisitely elegant, long finish. A wine for the ages.
This wine will reward long cellaring of five to twenty years.
The growing season was warm and dry with beautiful pollination and fruit set – this resulted in grapes with a great concentration of fruit flavours. The Eagle Shiraz is only produced in the most exceptional of vintages in the ultra-premium, cool-climate Pyrenees region of Victoria. Careful viticulture meant fruit was picked at optimum ripeness.
Sourced solely from the 1977 “Eagle” Block directly in front of the winery. This fruit was hand-picked and fermented as a single batch. Utilization of 20% whole bunches in the ferment and a moderate duration of cold soak ferment was initiated and lasted around 10 days. The resultant wine was pressed and filled to around 50% new French oak barriques with the balance being 1- and 2-year-old for a period of 20 months. Careful barrel selection was then made to showcase this amazing single vineyard icon at its best.
- Alcohol: 14.0 %
Slow cooked lamb shoulder with a middle eastern herb rub and garlic roast pumpkin.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Halliday Wine Companion 2023
The best barrels are selected from the original Eagle block, below the winery; 25% whole bunches, 10 days on skins, 16 months in French puncheons. Eagles soar over the highest sections of the Dalwhinnie property, hence the name for the winery's flagship wine. Deep and inky purple hues introduce a wine of obvious class, with further ageing on its mind. One for the cellar, but should you open now expect a warm, enveloping opulence filling the mouth with sweet blackberries, cassis, chocolate, spice and a deep-grained earthiness. Time in oak brings woodsy spice and a rich texture which is seamless, bringing width and length to the flavour profile.