Purple Hands Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Shiraz
Here’s another brilliant story of two mates, Craig Stansborough & Mark Slade, setting up a label that has gone on to win major accolades over the past decade, including most successful small producer at the 2019 Barossa Wine Show. Across 4 distinctive labels, there is something for everyone, from traditional varieties, to emerging Mediterranean styles. By the way, Craig’s day job is winemaker for Grant Burge Wines.
The Planta Circa wines are the flagship of Purple Hands and came into being when Craig and Mark were offered fruit from a tiny vineyard on the outskirts of Lyndoch, whose ancestor vines are believed to have been planted somewhere between 1880-90. Due to the tiny vineyard parcels, only very small amounts of each wine are made, and the 2018 vintage is the very first for both Shiraz and Grenache, so this is a bit of history in the making. Vibrant in colour, it has aromas of plums, cherry, vanilla, chocolate, roast meats with sweet spice of cinnamon. A medium to full-bodied textured palate with cola and brick dust, hints of whole bunch poking through, this elegant and complex Barossa Shiraz will age gracefully over many years.
95 Points – James Hallidays’ Wine Companion
‘Old vines planted between 1880-90 shine, producing a multifaceted shiraz, that is both humble and complex. Quiet to start, the perfume is almost faint but, yes, there is the sweet scent of violets and roses. Then all is revealed in a seamless and spectacular performance of a grape off old vines: florals, intense black fruits, full array of spices in a soothing synergy with background oak and supple tannin.’
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