93 Points – James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion
ONLY 1389 BOTTLES PRODUCED
The Plowman vineyard is a meticulously hand manicured small vineyard with mature Shiraz vines that consistently produce superbly concentrated fruit. The cuttings were taken in the late 1960s from the original Penfold vineyard in Magill, clone unknown. They were dry-reared and planted in 1999, a rare viticultural practice. Even in a higher-yielding year, such as 2017, this wine still performed above average. Fermented in open fermenters with some extra time on skins and gently drained and basket pressed to capture the amazing colour and tannins from this viticultural practice. True Barossa Valley guts and glory.
Inky colour, with dark core and deep purple hues
An inviting nose of predominately mulberry and cocoa
The palate is full-bodied yet restrained allowing the intense mulberry and dark chocolate flavours delightfully intermingle. The integrated toasty and structure from the oak add even more depth and length. The dry grown small berries ensure an amplified flavour and structure and careful winemaking keeps it all in balance.