Redheads Studio 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz 2015

Redheads Studio 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz 2015

Redheads Studio 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz 2015

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Winemaking and Drinking

 

The 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz emerged from the fertile ground of innovation and excellence. The 2015 vintage, in particular, is notable for its combination of high-quality fruit, meticulous winemaking, and the distinctiveness of the Barossa Valley terroir. The name 'Dogs of the Barossa' pays homage to the loyal companions often seen accompanying vineyard workers, symbolizing the dedication and heart poured into every bottle.

Vineyard and Terroir

The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s most celebrated wine regions, famed for its rich, full-bodied Shiraz. The region’s unique terroir, characterized by its warm climate, diverse soils, and old vines, provides the ideal conditions for producing robust and complex wines. The vineyards sourcing the fruit for the 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz are carefully selected to ensure the highest quality grapes. These vineyards benefit from the Barossa’s Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, which contribute to the grapes' intense flavors and balanced acidity.

Winemaking 

The 2015 vintage was particularly favorable, with optimal weather conditions throughout the growing season. The grapes were harvested at the peak of ripeness, ensuring maximum flavor concentration. Traditional winemaking techniques were employed, with a focus on minimal intervention to let the fruit express its true character. The wine underwent fermentation in open-top fermenters, followed by an extended maceration period to enhance color, flavor, and tannin structure. Aging took place in a combination of French and American oak barrels, imparting subtle vanilla and spice notes while allowing the rich fruit flavors to shine.

Tasting Notes

The 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz 2015 is a wine of remarkable depth and complexity. In the glass, it reveals a deep, inky purple hue, indicative of its concentration and intensity. The nose is a vibrant bouquet of blackberries, plums, and dark cherries, interwoven with hints of chocolate, licorice, and black pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied and velvety, with ripe, luscious fruit flavors complemented by well-integrated oak. The tannins are smooth and polished, providing a firm structure that supports the wine’s bold profile. A lingering finish with notes of spice and dark fruit underscores its elegance and balance.

Awards and Accolades

Since its release, the 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz 2015 has garnered significant acclaim from wine critics and enthusiasts alike. It has received several prestigious awards, reflecting its exceptional quality and the craftsmanship behind its creation. Notable accolades include:

  • Gold Medal at the International Wine Challenge
  • 94 Points from James Halliday’s Wine Companion
  • Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards
  • Highly Recommended by Wine Spectator

These accolades affirm the wine’s standing as a top-tier Shiraz, celebrated for its outstanding expression of the Barossa Valley terroir.

Conclusion

The 'Dogs of the Barossa' Shiraz 2015 is a shining example of Redheads Studio’s commitment to excellence and innovation in winemaking. From its inception in the collaborative spirit of Redheads Studio to its meticulous crafting and the accolades it has garnered, this wine embodies the passion and dedication of its creators. It stands as a testament to the rich heritage of the Barossa Valley and the artistry of Australian winemaking, offering wine lovers a deeply satisfying and memorable experience.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerRedheads
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyShiraz
Year2014
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14.5%