ChA teau Tanunda is Australiaa s oldest and grandest ChA teau. Established in 1890 at thevery heart of the Barossa, it is a cornerstone of the Barossan wine industry. An Australianheritage icon, the ChA teau was the first winery in the region and is the home of the firstvines planted in 1845. The majestic building and its prime vineyards are privately owned bythe Geber family, who continue a century-old tradition of fine winemaking.VineyardGrapes selected for the 2006 Noble Baron Shiraz were hand picked from low-yieldingvineyards in the sub-regions of Greenock, Lyndoch, Krondorf road and the EbenezerDistrict.
Garnet Colour. Complex aromas of blackberry, spice, plum and licorice give way to a subtleintegration of smoky, vanillin oak. The palate is full of fleshy dark cherry and bramble fruitwith dark chocolate nuances and savoury notes of leather and spice in the finish. The oakintegrates well with the supple fruit, excellent tannin structure and balanced acidity allcontribute to giving the wine great length and intensity.
Hand picked, basket pressed and unfiltered, the gentle unobtrusive winemaking hascaptured the subtle and intriguing characters of this Shiraz.The grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed uncrushed intosmall stainless steel three tonne fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start thefermentation and the tanks were hand plunged spending 14 days on skins at 28° C. Theskins were gently pressed in the JLB Vaslin Bucher basket press. Malolactic fermentation inFrench oak prior to twenty four months maturation in a combination of new and olderAmerican & French oak hogsheads. A further 12 months bottle aging prior to release givesa more harmonious and perfectly balanced wine.