The 2018 εutopos is built around the oldest shiraz planting on the site. A tiny 0.4 Hectare block planted on a red clay and ironstone section of the vineyard in 1974 to the famous Kalimna 3C clone of shiraz, prized for its density of deep colour and dark fruited aromatics and flavours. A few stable mates from other blocks on the vineyard contribute to the wine’s lift, complexity and precise palate. Mataro (9.5%) adds herbal notes, darkness and charcuterie whilst a touch of Grenache (3.5%) allows wafts of brightly scented lifted red fruit to escape the intriguing aromatic. 1.4% Cabernet Sauvignon from Block 5 gives the tannin profile shape and definition whilst also enhancing the mocha notes on the palate. Matured for 20 months in 50% new very tight grained lightly toasted French oak (Allier forest) and 50% second use and then further matured in bottle for 2 years before release, the wine is approachable now but will reward patience.
Winter rainfalls leading into 2018 were above average and filled the soil profiles. The rains then ceased to allow a warm and dry flowering and growing season through February and March. A classic Barossa season resulting in wines that are full and densely flavoured with supportive tannin structure and clean acidity.