Magnificent, full bodied, plush, decadent Aussie personalisation of a 'Super Tuscan' Cab Shiraz blend. Crafted by master winemaker Andrew Seppelt through Brett Hayes' pioneering newish kid off the block 'Hayes Family Wines'. Don't be fooled by the youth of Brett's venture, these wines display a history and heritage steeped in barossas's finest terroir, knowledge and nous. These are grapes from Barossa's hallowed Ebeneezer dirt, and Shultz vineyard dirt at that. But it's Andrew's knack for oeniological alchemy that extracts the finest from the blend, making a wine that is so plush, rounded and powerful it feels like donning your red velvet smoking jacket and sinking into a soft armchair in your best old slippers.
The only disappointing thing about this wine is that, in my humble opinion, it really needs a good 8-10 years of cellaring to reach its full potential. Have one now to enjoy it's youthful vibrancy and stash the rest of you can leave it alone!
I hear that this will be the only vintage blending both grapes from Barossa soil, so grab this unique vintage while you can. I believe future vintages with be Barossa Shiraz and Coonawarra Cab Sauv. The Aussie finest bride and groom upbringing of this pair. I can't wait to see what the future holds.
NB: the author is neither commercially connected to Hayes Family Wines' or receives free bottles to sample. All wine was purchased by the author. — 7 months ago
Alchemy! I taste chocolate! — a year ago
Green bell pepper nose. Peppery blueberry spice mouth. Nice body.
After naturally aerating, TAR demoinates the nose, followed by tastes of green pepper, raspberry and leather. Incredible the changes that this wine undergoes with just a bit of exposure.
Pair with mole sauce and Spanish inspired cuisine, but nothing overly spicy on the heat scale. — 2 months ago
Working our way through the 2012s, although after this tasting maybe we should wait another year or so. This is a strong, dark, bold Pinot. Dark in color and opacity, dark, ripe, stewed red fruits, dark tobacco and oak. LOTS of life left in this but still drinking well now. Not as good IMO solo vs. with food, where it has previously been exceptional, but a favorite none the less. — 9 months ago
V11. Beatiful wine. Dr. Pepper and soft smoke nose. Black cherry fruit. Dry, tart, mocha and slate finish. Very well balanced. Excellent food wine, but I wouldn't . — a year ago
Ice wine, honey and melon on nose not to sicly high in sugar. Grapes gewurztraminer and riesling, peach apricot lychee — a year ago