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Celebrating the rich German heritage of the Barossa Valley, the name Eisenstone comes from a blend of the German word for iron – Eisen and the English – Stone. The name celebrates the Ironstone soils in which the vines grow and the stone used by the original German settlers to build much of the famous Barossa buildings that still stand to this very day.
This is a brilliantly unique project headed by creator and winemaker Stephen Cook, who secures special parcels of grapes from the ‘western ranges’ of the famous Barossa Valley which are renowned for producing fuller bodied, powerful wines with amazing depth of flavour and exceptional aging ability. No more than 800 bottles of each wine are produced in any given vintage, each individually numbered. Within the Valley there are a number of recognised sub regions that vary in climate and soil type and bring out subtle differences in the variety.
The grapes for the Hoffmann single vineyard wine are sourced from the famed Dallwitz Block, which was largely planted between 1888 and 1912, and more specifically rows 25-30 of the “younger” 7+ year old vines. Depending on the vintage conditions generally between 800 and 2,400 bottles are produced but in the drought vintage of 2020 only 400 bottles were produced.
The grapes were fermented in small batches and after fermentation was matured in 50% new French oak for 18 months prior to bottling. Minimal intervention is used in the winemaking process and the wine is moved the minimal times prior to bottling and is not cold stabilised or filtered.
Deep intense ruby red in colour. Savory fruit with ripe berry fruits overlaying spicey oak characters. The wine is typical of Barossa Old vine and is luxurious and coats the mouth giving eh wine extraordinary depth and length of flavour.
The structure is balanced for ease of drinking when young but will support development over many years of careful cellaring.
Sunday lunch, BBQ meats
Can be enjoyed in youth with decanting, but a wine for the cellar that can age to at least 2035 – and beyond!