Shiraz / Syrah
75cl * 14% ABV * Barossa Valley, Australia
It is widely thought that without Peter Lehmann, the Barossa would have lost a large swathe of its old vines. The original Baron of the Barossa and a legend of Australian wine, he helped shape the industry over seven decades after starting his own winery in in 1979. This was partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa and farmers that didn't know what to do with them.
Grown in premium vineyards in the Moppa and Light Pass districts, the grapes were fermented on their skins for a week to 10-days, pressed, clarified and then matured for 12 months in French oak hogsheads. The base wine was then bottle-fermented and aged on its lees for five years. Last but not least, a small percentage of fortified Shiraz was added to build complexity and add natural sweetness before release, resulting in an explosion of flavour balanced by complexity from bottle age.
Intensely flavoured Shiraz grapes from old, low-yielding vines create this wine inspired by the ground-breaking ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ of the 1950s – one of Australia’s unique contributions to the wine world. Named after the Queen of Sheba, 'Black Queen' is bright red with a dense black core. The aroma is abundant with Christmas cake and mulberries, leading to an explosion of dark exotic fruits, chocolate, hints of spice and creaminess on the palate and, quintessential for what Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz is known for, a gentle mousse.
Pair with roast ham and turkey at Christmas, fried breakfast, charcuterie. Best enjoyed now, however, will comfortably develop further in the cellar for a further 5-10 years.