Originally an apricot orchard planted in the early 1900s, the rocky, east-facing four-acre Block 4 on Moppa Hill was replanted by Shawn and his team in 2003. At 400 metres above sea level, this is one of the highest and coolest sites in the western Barossa, so much so that the fruit here can struggle to ripen fully (as occurred in 2012) and it’s usually the last vineyard picked each year. The soils are stony, with red/brown earth and layers of buckshot ironstone over orange clay. The fruit was handpicked, 92% destemmed and crushed with the balance remaining as whole bunches. Hand-plunging occurred three times a day during ferment and after 20 days on skins the wine was basket-pressed to barrel. It spent 20 months in new (30%) and seasoned (48%) French oak hogsheads and seasoned French oak barriques (22%). Just 127 dozen bottles were bottled (unfined and unfiltered).

Grape Variety






Wine Style

Red - big, bold, full-bodied


Medium to full bodied, firm, structural, rich, fruit driven palate of black fruits; cassis and dark cherry. Plenty of liquorice and bitter chocolate through the mid palate. There is a mineral texture running through with medium plus acidity and a long finish of chalky to fine grainy tannins.



”“Organic practices. Wild fermented initially, with 8% whole bunches; hand plunged and basket pressed. There is a delightful detail here uncharacteristic of the far western Barossa, with a lifted violet air and layers of mixed spice. This high site also lends a measured tone to the palate, streamlined, focused and guided equally by energetic natural acidity and fine-boned, powdery, well-controlled tannins. Great potential.””
– Wine Companion, Tyson Stelzer - 95

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Halliday Wine Companion - 95

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