ROSEMOUNT BALMORAL SYRAH 750 ML
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Since 1974, Rosemount has been one of Australia's leading wineries, producing wines that reflect the riches of the Australian climate and a dedication to quality, innovation and . Rosemount's unique diamond shaped label serves as a beacon for consumers around the world, with international accolades bearing testament to the tradition of winemaking excellence. In 2006, a new chapter has opened on the Rosemount story, with a reinforced commitment to the hallmark Rosemount wine and groundbreaking new packaging which sees Rosemount again setting the standard for innovation and quality on a global scale. This outstanding McLaren Vale Syrah has been named Balmoral after the Oatley family homestead, built in 1852. The wine was first produced in 1989, initially under the Show Reserve banner. In 1992 it was renamed Balmoral and it is now recognised as Rosemount's red wine flagship. Syrah vines have been grown in McLaren Vale for over 160 years and a few small patches of very old vines survive today, yielding tiny quantities of exceptional fruit. Balmoral is a highly stylised wine, making it unique amongst the several Old Vine South Australian wines of today. Its velvety palate structure and rich, expressive fruit has made it an extremely sought after wine in previous years. McLaren Vale experienced a dry winter with mild temperatures, before a cold snap in spring delayed bud burst for Shiraz. The following cool spring meant fruit levels were low, but the fruit set was even and flowering occurred early. Summer was hot and dry but February rains rejuvenated the canopies. A dry Indian summer limited disease and meant vintage was earlier than normal. This wine was matured for 20 months in a combination of new American (60%) and new French (40%) oak. Black cherry with deep red, almost scarlet, hues. The nose shows complex aromas of dark fruits, black olives with integrated oak spice. A complex and multi-layered palate with dark fruit, black olive and rich cocoa flavors. A soft, textured and long tannin finish carries flavor and persistence right through the palate. Powerful flavors wrapped in a velvet glove!