The 1995 Octavius utilises the cream of 100% Barossa Valley fruit. There
are a number of growers, along with ourselves, that have vineyards dating
back to the early 1900's.
These low bearing vines provide grapes of immense flavour and concentration. 1995 was a difficult season in the Barossa with drastically reduced crops and most vineyards suffering the effects of no water. Only the oldest dry grown vineyards were able to withstand the seasonal obstacles with the Barossa Valley floor containing the best of them. No Eden Valley fruit was used in 1995.
Deep plum in colour, the nose is very earthy with strong cooking chocolate, star anise and coffee aromas. Hints of leather, game and briary berries will continue to evolve with time. The palate displays rich texture and firm tannins. This was a tough season and the wine shows all the attributes associated with this being firm and focused and requiring long term maturation to soften.
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