Source: Issue 256 End of August 2021, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Aug 2021, (RP-97)
There is a single puncheon (50 cases) of the 2016 Love Over Gold Shiraz, selected from the best parcels of the vineyard and 90% hand-destemmed, with the balance included as whole bunches. Like previous vintages, it shows remarkable density and complexity, a creamy, full-bodied feel on the palate and a long, vibrant finish. No doubt every lucky person who tastes it will find their own descriptors for the myriad aromas and flavors, but to me, it delivers a potpourri of resinous-herbal nuances (thyme, rosemary, lavender), blueberry and boysenberry fruit and hints of mocha, black olive and licorice. Smooth and supple, yet possessing ample tannin and structure, it should drink well for two decades, possibly even longer.
Drink Date: 2021 – 2040
Love over Gold is made with a deft touch. The wine is magical, its core of fruit caresses the palate and displays great persistence. Love Over Gold?s tertiary aromas and minerality create complexity and drive into an extremely long finish.
Love Over Gold is seasoned in a two year old French Puncheon.
Love Over Gold possesses a core of ripe and defined fruit with tannins that are coating and very long, it will age effortlessly over 20 to 25 years.
The destemmed fruit was transferred into a small open topped fermenter. Gentle pigeage was performed twice daily with the natural ferment progressing at a cool 24 degrees. Once ferment was complete and after 24 days, free run was drained to a 2 year old extra tight grained puncheon.