Hobbs of Barossa 1905 Shiraz 2020
An elegant wine with tremendous levels of concentration and flavour ripe raspberries, dark red berries, warm cedar with a hint of vanilla and a spicy, peppery undertone.The grapes are handpicked from dry grown, low yielding vines planted in 1905. Naturally fermented in open 500L vats, gently hand plunged each day. The wine is matured in new French oak Hogsheads for 24 months.
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Region: Flaxmans Valley, Eden Valley
Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate
2020 was the second of two very warm, dry vintages in Barossa, and between the two years, I have found the 2020s to have more vitality and life than the 2019s at the same point. This assessment is up for discussion, but currently I prefer the 2020s. Here, the 2020 1905 Shiraz sits at 15.6% alcohol (2019 was labeled as 15.2%), but like its 2019 sibling, the fruit and spice in the mouth transcend the alcoholic warmth. There is blood plum, raspberry compote, aniseed, salted licorice, black tea, juicy roast meat and bay/fennel/star anise, all of it shaped by savory, earthy/ferrous tannins and a skein of entrenched acidity through the finish. This is visceral—the mouth is stained with flavor and fruit, while the heart holds the memory of the flavors that have just been. This is a massive wine that speaks to the region and to the Eden Valley site. It's not for everyone but is just so well executed. Drink 2022 - 2037.