FIELD OF MARS - Single Vineyard Range
Field of Mars Block 1 Shiraz 2019
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: Pokolbin Hunter Valley
Vineyard: Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard
Vine Age: Vines planted in 1968
Soils: Dark cracking clay
Block 1 Shiraz on Hermitage Road was planted in 1968 on 0.75 hectares of dark, fertile cracking clay soil. This terroir delivers a balanced and concentrated Hunter Valley Shiraz, with a core of dense black fruit that will allow many years of cellaring.
The black-fruit power comes through on the nose with aromas of blackberry, black-cherry and blackcurrant supported by a forest of pine-needle, gorse and hints of juniper and sandalwood.
Palate flavours echo the dark fruit elements with a black-cherry crunch, over smooth tannins that flow like espresso crema mixed with black chocolate. The fruit astringency and oak tannins work seamlessly together, finely staining the tongue with a central line of focus, elegantly grainy and positive.
A wine of magnitude that will maintain vibrancy over the long haul, to evolve and reveal the savoury classic Hunter characters from this outstanding single-block release.
Drink: now to 2040+
Limited edition - Only 160 dozen made
95 points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion