The first was the Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz ($40).
The Hilltops Shiraz was sourced from a single vineyard in a sub region of the Hilltops called Kingsvale.
The fruit was hand picked, de-stemmed and went through a cold soak for 5 days prior to fermentation. The fruit was fermented in an open 5 tonne fermenter for 14 days. The fruit was then pressed off directly to old French oak barriques for 16 months of maturation. During this maturation the wine was racked once off gross lees. Following maturation the wine was then racked, lightly fltered and bottled.
Aromas were dominated by stone and lead hiding much of the fruit aromas. There was some black currant and a little blackberry. Spicy in the mouth with some blackberry and blueberry with a very long peppery finish. I found this one a bit disappointing, especially at it's price.
Second one tasted was the Eden Road The Long Road Shiraz ($23)
This Shiraz was matured in 3-4 year old French oak puncheons (500 liters) for 14 months prior to bottling. In addition, a small component (30%) was matured in stainless steel for 14 months.
The color was identical to the Hilltops, a deep garnet red. Lots of blackberry aromas with a little lead pencil and some black cherry. In the mouth I got blackberry, some currant and hint of vanilla. The wine finished long with a little spice and vanilla. A very nice Shiraz and a great value at $23.
The Eden Road Gundagai shiraz vineyard is on a red, ‘terra rossa’ style soil. Oxidised dirt. This shiraz is destemmed, but there are no pump overs or traditional plunging – Eden Road uses a home-made air compression technique that sends a bubble of air up through the ferment to turn it over. Gentle. Old oak barriques used.
Nice Shiraz color of deep purple was so much different than the first two. This wine was filled with aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plum, hints of some red berries and some lead or mineral. A very nice mix of flavors in the mouth with lots of dark fruit, some wood and spice with a little herbal, some licorice and vanilla. The finish was very long with herbal and light spices. Very nice wine, but a little pricey. Still, it was a great meal and the wine paired pretty darn well for being non-Italian.