This is one of the ultimate Southern Hemisphere wines in the world. Made only great years, last vintage was 1998. This will last another 20 years, easily. Still takes awhile to open and honestly, I don’t know that I’ll ever know all of its secrets. Barely any fade after 23 years. A wine for the ages. If we are still alive in 20 years, I’ll open another. One of the best kept secrets from Australia. Good luck finding it, this vineyard’s grapes are now put into Seppelt’s reserve cab. — a month ago
2003 Vintage. Last bottle. Delightful, still velvety fruit but aged earthy characters driving through. Lovely! — a year ago
Opened this in early January and having the occasional night cap finished it 2 nights ago. Notes of dried fruit, spice, nuts and burnt flavours. This port fills every corner of your mouth - unctuous. Seppeltsfield have this amazing tradition of releasing a 100 year old Port every year. The 1919 will be released later this year. — 8 months ago
Absolutely beautiful. And holds special memories. Pepper, gaminess, peppermint, weighty. Love. — 8 months ago
Absolutely amazing. So fresh at 14 years of age. Amazing vibrant steely acidity with crunchy mineral notes. The palate lasts forever! Wow! — 9 months ago
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. — a year ago