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Soul Growers, Slow Grown Shiraz 2017
Soul Growers aim to emphasise the regional and varietal flavours of their beloved Barossa Valley. They buy directly from 23 grape growers, 19 of whom are 5th or 6th generation. These growers are the soul of their wines and the region. They gently extract and whole bunch ferment and basket-press to produce wines of softness, elegance and a little texture.
Slow Grown is a selection of the 'best of the best' shiraz with the ageing of each barrel separated by grower. A long elevage in mainly old American and French 300 litre foudre oak barrels takes place with one in six of the barrels being new. Structure and well-integrated oak are apparent but juicy blackberry fruit envelopes the mass and varietal cracked black pepper and a hint of savouriness add to its appeal.
100% Shiraz Kroehn, Eden Valley 30+ yrs Hoffmann, Western Barossa 50+ yrs Lindner, Vine Vale 70+ yrs Hampel, Kalimna 35+ yrs, Gobell, Stonewell 30+ yrs Eden Valley 28% Barossa Valley 72%