Lienert Vineyards 'Sieben Klon' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
The Lienert’s have been farming in the Barossa for 150 years and decided to add some vines to their property about 20 years ago. The first fruit from 2004 and 2005 vintages went straight to the pool room, aka into Penfold’s St Henri. Funnily enough they then planted a lot more vines and introduced many more clonal variations of Shiraz. When they decided to start making booze, we conspired with them to come up with a wine from the best parcels of their best seven clonal selections of Shiraz. The intention – to make a wine which is floral and beguiling on the nose, densely fruited on the palate, long, complex and bloody awesome. For this very special wine, each clone was harvested and fermented separately (you can see details on the clones below!) with the harvest date chosen to allow each grape to express its best characters. The case of EVOS12 (Eden Valley clone) was harvest earlier than the others to allow for a beautiful perfume and liveliness in the final wine. Fermentation is done in tiny open top fermenters which are hand plunged up to four times a day. Certain clones are fermented cooler to better express delicate aromatics whilst some are plunged and pumped over to achieve a more structural element. The trick is finding the right balance. Anyways, we love this wine and encourage you to give it a rip.
Now - 2032
94pts Kim Brebach, 94pts Sam Kim, 92pts James Halliday
The Lienert’s have been farming their patch of dirt in the Western Ridge of the Barossa since 1854. Only the last 21 years have seen them growing vines. They have done pretty well though, with the first two vintages (2004 and 2005) finding their way into Penfold’s St Henri. They promptly planted a heap more vines and these days keep the best parcels for inclusion in this wine. The Seiben-Klon Shiraz clones (German for seven clones) are as follows: 1654 – The mainstay of the Barossa Valley. This brings dark fruits, structure, length and richness Yalumba 2 (La Mouline) – An Hermitage French clone... finesse and elegance EVOS12 - Poonawatta clone – An Eden Valley Shiraz selection... fruitiness and fragrance BVRC12 – A Barossa Selection... red fruits, medium bodied 1127 – A spicy clone offering the highest levels of rotundone (pepper character) in Shiraz... spice, fruit, grippy tannins R6 – Long and big bunches... minerality and bright fruits Sardi 3 – A Mclaren Vale selection... classic McLaren Vale characters and a nice saline edge
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