An unforgettable combination of ripe black fruit and powerful structure.
In the early 1980s the Barossa suffered a tragedy when old vineyards were destroyed during the government’s Vine-Pull scheme. Growers were paid to pull out some magnificent vineyards and a priceless heritage was lost during those challenging years.
Atze’s Corner grape growers John and Barb have always been in the wine industry for the long haul, and saw this vineyard’s potential for the long term significance to theirs and the Barossa’s grape growing future. Forgotten Hero vineyard might have been lost forever had it not been for John and Barb Kalleske’s foresight and confidence in the Barossa.
Celebrate John and Barb’s heroic decision to plough on in this single vineyard with this ultra- limited release wine. It is a testament to John and Barb’s long term involvement in the Barossa Valley wine industry, a family involvement which dates back to 1842 when John’s ancestors first settled in Greenock on the Barossa Valley’s western edge.
At 62 years of age these vines are survivors; they have endured climatic, market and viticultural pressures and now offer you great wine which will reward more than a decade of careful cellaring. The Forgotten Hero is only produced in the best vintages, 2010 will go down as one of the best, producing big and robust reds which will rarely be surpassed.
Rich and mellow on the palate this is fine Barossa Shiraz with all the concentration you could wish for of plums, cherries and spicy, peppery damsons plus a subtle note of oak. A thread of acidity serves to balance the richness of the fruit while the tannins will ensure that the wine will continue to keep for another decade.
Limited in production to 60 cases, this wine will be hard to come by in years to come, to secure yours please get in early, and avoid disappointment.
95 Points James Halliday’s Wine companion
Forgotten Hero Vineyard
Planted – 1951 by the Atze Family
Orientation – North/South
Vine/Row Dimensions – 2 x 3.4 metres
Soil – 40cm of brown loam over red clay
2010 Yield – 1.2 tonne per acre
Ryan and Andy nurture this wine with the greatest of care and attention to detail. The precious grapes are hand-picked and crushed into our open fermenters. Gentle pumping over of the ferment releases all of the grapes’
flavours, aromas, colour and tannins. The finished ferment is drained and the skins are loaded into the traditional basked-press which releases the last of the wine.
We treat this wine to 24 months’ maturation in the best new French oak barrel money can buy, a barrel especially coopered by Francios Freres. Only one Hogshead, 33 cases, of this wine was produced.
Matured in some great brand new French oak barrels for 18 months, Forgotten Hero is the seamless integration of complex, robust Shiraz and fine oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and savoury; those fine-grained oak tannins melded with the grape tannins counterbalance the richness of the fruit. Damsons, blueberries and raspberry fruit are complemented by classic dark chocolate and black pepper spiciness all leading to a finish which lingers for minutes.
You can drink this stellar wine now but ideally you’ll leave it in your cellar for a decade or more. If I was drinking it in the next few years I’d decant it a day before I planned to drink it to let it blossom and reveal some of its future excitement.
Limited to six bottles per customer.
- Serve at 16 degrees Celcius for optimal flavour
- Decant or open one hour before serving to open up aromas and soften the tannins.