82% Shiraz / 18% Cabernet Sauvignon
Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 30-100 year old Shiraz and 30-130 year old Cabernet. Yield 2.5 tonnes per hectare.
The growing season started well with above average winter rainfall but was
followed by well below average spring and summer rainfall coupled with warm
temperatures. Fortunately our vines were in perfect balance with healthy
canopies assisting even ripening and fruit flavour development. Harvest
commenced very early in late January. Calm Indian summer conditions began
in early March which were perfect for finishing off vintage. The resultant 2018
wines are of exceptional quality featuring intense depth of colour, astounding
aromatic purity plus richness and brightness on the palate.
Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters, hand plunged 3 times daily.
Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (92% French and
8% American) and matured on lees to maintain fruit profile and animation.
Bottled unfiltered to ensure minimal intervention with the wine’s natural
Colour: Dark purple hues frame a depth of black.
Aroma: Complex layers of black fruits with a slight herbal lift and notes of anise
Palate: Hints of dark cherry and dried spice with seamlessly integrated tannin.
Peak Drinking: A wine that will mature extremely well with long term cellaring
up to 20 years.
Nicks Wine Merchants
Magnificent colour with an impenetrable pitch black core and a very deep dark purple black hue. A hedonistic mix of blackberry,
cassis and liquorice wafts through the nostrils followed by dark plum, hints of blueberry, vanillin cedar, subtle dried herbs and
spice. Full in body the palate is flush with blackberry, cassis, liquorice and dark plum fruits tinged by traces of a blueberry like
freshness. Vanillin cedar, subtle scorched earth, faint tobacco and spicy pepper elements sit underneath. Structured tannins
provide an excellent framework yet are quite velvet like in their feel. Bright youthful finish with a long seductive aftertaste.
Published at www.nicks.com.au Nicks Wine Merchants, August 2020, Australia
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
For the 2018 Anaperenna Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Glaetzer blended in 18% Cabernet Sauvignon to give the wine increased
fragrance and length. The nose is smoky, slightly herbal and marked by sweet cedar-and vanilla-tinged oak, but it also offers
great cassis and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the flavors are kept nicely in check by fine-grained tannins.
This wine has it all: terrific intensity, complexity, length and texture.
Joe Czerwinski, 2020 Wine Advocate Review, 1st August 2020, USA, www.robertparker.com
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
96 Points – Gold
82% shiraz (30-100yo vines), 18% cabernet sauvignon (30-130yo vines) yielding 2.5t/ha, open-fermented, hand-plunged,
matured for 16 months in new hogsheads (92% French, 8% American). Full-bodied, plum blackberry, supple tannin, good oak.
Easy to argue this is too cheap.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Very deep, dark glass staining purple colour. The bouquet is chocolaty and richly oaked, concentrated and dense and plummy,
the same flavours on the palate, which is rich and opulently lavish. Sweet fruit to burn. A gorgeous Shiraz in the bigger style.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, July 2020, Australia, www.therealreview.com
The 2018 vintage has delivered such strong quality in these full-bodied reds from the Barossa. This has all the ripeness with
vitality, depth and freshness. Aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants, as well as leaves and violets, lead to a very deep, dense
and juicy palate that carries such luscious, black and blue-fruit flavours.