The Boundary Row range of wines is named after a Barossa tradition of using vine rows rather than fences to distinguish the different owners of adjoining vineyards, with fruit from the boundary row shared between the neighbours.
Vineyard Source: Boundary Row Shiraz was sourced entirely from the Kurtz Family Vineyard in the Light Pass subregion of the Barossa Valley. The vines received minimal or no irrigation and were pruned for low yields to provide vine balance and maximise fruit quality and varietal character.
Vintage Conditions: Rainfall was well below average throughout the growing season. Frost, cold nights and winds at early flowering were followed by hot weather in late November and December. These extremes led to poor fruit set and small berries which fortunately translated into intense colours and flavours. A cooler late summer allowed for a long ripening and good flavour development.
Winemaking: Fermented 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 wine was matured in seasoned and new oak for 24 months.
Acidity: 6.3 g/L
Colour: Deep purple-red.
Nose: A distinctive regional nose of blackberry, blueberry, red plums and dark chocolate, with complex savoury notes of black olive, fresh coffee and warm spices layered with fine oak aromatics.
Palate: The palate is rich and generous, with juicy dark-berry and plum flavours, complex earthy notes, mocha and spice. A smooth, textural mouthfeel is pulled together with a structural backbone that lengthens the palate with lingering fruit flavours, chocolately tannins and notes of cedary oak.
Cellaring Potential: 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 Shiraz is a great match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted meats, and full-flavoured dishes.