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: The 2018 growing season began with above average rainfall, leading into a dry, slightly warmer than average spring and summer. Early flavour development allowed picking at optimum ripeness without excessive sugar, with wines showing bright, varietal aromas and balanced acidity.
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 31 months.
Acidity: 6.2 g/L
Colour: Rich, deep purple-red.
Nose: A distinctive nose of blackberry, blueberry and dark red plums with complex savoury notes and hints of aniseed, warm spices and fine bittersweet chocolate.
Palate: The palate is rich and full, with bright, juicy flavours of dark plum, blackberry and blueberry, complex earthy notes, mocha and spice. A smooth, textural mouthfeel, with a lingering finish, combines savoury notes of cedar with fine-grained tannins that seem to last forever.
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.