Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz (Syrah)
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2023
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 14%
The Tomfoolery ‘Black & Blue’ Shiraz is sourced from a select premium vineyard in the northern sub-region of Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley. Grown by 5th generational grape grower Adrian Hoffmann this site offers soils that are commonly sandy loam over heavy red clay which provide a controlled yet accessible source of water allowing the vines to produce stunning fruit. Black and blue in colour. Big and bold aromas, with a punch of plum pudding, liquorice and caraway seeds, all smothered in bramble jam. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and satisfying with ripe plummy fruit and bacon smoke, tightened on the finish by fresh acidity and meaty chunks of firm tannin.
The Tomfoolery adventure began in the sweltering heat of the 2004 harvest between best mates Ben Chipman and Toby Yap, and a tonne of old vine Shiraz. The fruit was picked with some generous assistance from friends, then destemmed and basket pressed to produce the first ‘Artful Dodger’ Shiraz. Over the following vintages the boys expanded their production to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Mataro, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir.
The Tomfoolery winemaking philosophy is simple: small parcels of fruit, hand-crafted through a simple and relatively non-interventional approach with the aim to truly reflect the individual characteristics of the vineyard and variety. Tomfoolery wines are made with old world simplicity in a new world of wine. The fruit from our selected vineyards is hand picked and fermented in small open fermenters, which are pumped over by hand twice daily. Wines are matured in barrel, stacked in pyramids on traditional stillage, and bottled with no fining or filtration.
|Serving Temperature||16 °C|
|Grape Variety||100% Shiraz or Syrah|
|Cellaring||Ready to Drink/Keep|
|Robert Parker||91 Points|