One of the more intriguing wines created in biblical times was ‘Tzimmukin’, using slightly dried grapes to increase strength and longevity. At K1, Geoff Hardy and winemaker Shane Harris have captured the essence of this ancient technique by slowly air drying out their best parcels of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in baskets to produce a unique and ancient version of a quintessential Australian blend.
The various components of fresh and dried grapes are vinified separately before blending, then put into seasoned French oak barrels for 20 months.
The resulting wine is dark and intense, with heady aromas of black cherry, plum, eucalypt and black olives with savoury spice notes of cloves and cinnamon. The palate is ripe, smooth and full-bodied, with tannins that are big, lush and beautifully balanced, ripe black berry flavours intermingling with dried fruits, dates and raisins, cedar, coffee beans, tobacco and Christmas spices, with a finish that runs on and on.
Serve up with wagyu rib eye with a creamy mushroom sauce.
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