The Paradox is not what you might expect from a wine from the northern Barossa. It’s not the high octane, lots of new oak stereotypical northern Barossa Shiraz, but rather a softer, more gentle velvet-like and savoury
style of wine.
2015 WINEMAKERS NOTE
A wet winter and dry spring resulted in smaller berries and bunches, producing grapes of great aromatics and flavour. A long and mild summer with very few heat spikes and cool nights, has contributed to a wine of great balance and beauty.
Made with little intervention, the 2015 Paradox Shiraz used small parcels of grapes fermented with wild yeast in French open top oak vats. The ferment naturally gets warm, allowing the fruit flavours and textures to express themselves, while the tannin extraction is minimal. Natural malolactic fermentation occurs in oak, the majority of which is old and larger format puncheons.
The northern area of the Barossa Valley has some of the oldest landscapes in the Barossa. At 200 million years old, these bed rocks have formed the soils in which the grape vines grow. It is also one of the early grape growing areas of the Barossa with many generational growers who are both traditional and attune to the needs of making their vineyards sustainable with modern viticultural thinking.
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