The Boundary Row range is named after the Barossa tradition of using vine rows rather than fences to distinguish the ownership of adjoining vineyards, with fruit from the boundary row shared between neighbours.
Vineyard: Selected premium parcels of Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Light Pass Shiraz sourced and grown by Kurtz Family Vineyards. The vines received minimal or no irrigation and were pruned for low yields to provide vine balance, maximum fruit quality and varietal characteristics.
Grape Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon | 40% Shiraz
Vintage Conditions: After a dry winter and spring, late-spring frosts, wind and hail disrupted budburst and flowering, affecting yields. Summer was hot and dry, with considered irrigation required to see the vines through to harvest. Low yields made for excellent colour, flavour and tannin structures.
Winemaking: Varieties were fermented separately on skins for up to 10 days in small, open fermenters and gently hand-plunged to optimise colour, flavour and tannin extraction. After pressing, the wines were matured in seasoned French oak hogsheads for 30 months prior to blending and bottling.
Technical Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5% | Acidity: 7.2 g/L | pH: 3.49
Colour: Rich, deep red with purple magenta hues.
Nose: Intense, lifted aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and dark plum, with complexing notes of black spice, earthy wild herbs, violet and sweet anise.
Palate: Plush, rich fruit, with tarry, dark berry flavours and hints of bittersweet chocolate and tobacco leaf, is backed by a definitive structural line of long, fine tannins. The palate is smooth and even, with evident yet subtle French oak that supports without dominating. The finish leaves the mouth watering with lingering dark fruit.
Peak Drinking: While suitable for current consumption, further medium- term cellaring will be rewarded. I highly recommend that this wine be decanted prior to serving.
Food Match: Boundary Row Cabernet Shiraz is a great match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted meats, and full-flavoured dishes.