Saltram The Eighth Maker Jimmy Watson Shiraz 2002
Fruit Shiraz
Regions Barossa
  South Australia
Each $159.99
Currently out of stock
Winner of the 2003 Jimmy Watson Trophy, the most hotly contested since the extraordinary 1998 vintage. Growing season 2002 produced some of the most spectacular wines in living memory. Temperatures were some of the coolest on record, allowing the old vines to slowly and steadily ripen some of the most intense, rich and well structured grapes ever harvested. Launched at a very special black tie dinner at Queen's Hall, Eighth Maker is brimming with complex fruit, spice and earth characters, a reflection of the unique soil profiles and age of vines.
Crafted to capture the exceptional fruit characters and the outstanding quality of the fruit from the 2002 vintage. Early in the season winemaker Nigel Dolan singled out certain vineyard parcels as potential components. These vineyards were carefully tended to ensure that the fruit reached its full potential, with each parcel being carefully monitored so it could be harvested at perfect ripeness. The use of heading down boards and the retention of some stems in the must, added to the complexity and intensity of the finished wine. After a ten day ferment on skins, the wine was pressed and transferred into new and prior use French and American oak for twenty two months maturation prior to assemblage. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep velvet red with rich violet hues in the glass. The very essence of Barossa Shiraz, complex, layered aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, spice dark berry and cherry will continue to develop on the elegant, complex palate. Subtle French oak notes and refined bottle maturation qualities complete this truly magnificent wine. An exemplary power studded red to match regal faire such as boeuf en daube or venison and potatoes in goose fat.
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About Saltram Wines
In 1844 a recently arrived immigrant from England named William Salter was one of the first people to purchase land in the newly opened land survey known as the Barossa Valley
He built a stone house for his family naming it Mamre Brook, after Abrahams spiritual home in the book of Genesis. Mamre Brook House still stands today as the spiritual home of Saltram. William Salter and Sons first planted grapes here in 1859, and in 1862 produced 8000 litres of a wine appropriately named No.1 Shiraz. In the history of Saltram there have only been eight senior winemakers, two families dominate the list, Salter and Dolan. Three generations of Salters made wine until 1937, and the Dolan's have played a part at Saltram from the 1950s through until today. Saltram»