Sons of Eden Remus Old Vine Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

Sons of Eden Remus Old Vine Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

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Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia

Style: Red Wine

Variety: Shiraz

Closure: Cork

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Sons of Eden Remus Old Vine Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

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Producer: Sons of Eden

Country: Australia

Region: Eden Valley

Vintage: 2012

Critic Score: 96 and ★★★★★

Alcohol: 14.5%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2040

Quite simply, it’s a brilliant Barossa red of which we can be proud. Don’t miss it - Winewise

Sons of Eden is a partnership between Simon Cowham (one of Australia's most accomplished vignerons) and Corey Ryan (one of Australia's most accomplished winemakers). They make a formidable team and their exceptional skill and experience are expressed in the Sons of Eden Wines. Named in "Ten of the Best" by James Halliday in his 2010 Wine Companion.

"The estate-grown wines are of outstanding quality. The 2012 Remus is quite simply, a great wine from a great vintage” - James Halliday

Simon nurtures the vines that are used in some of the Eden/Barossa valley iconic wines. Indeed, 98% of the crop is sought after by the likes of Henschke, Yalumba and Torbreck. Only 2% of the crop (mostly old vineyards) is selected for Corey to craft into exquisite reds of considerable flavour, complexity and length. It is hard to imagine a better pedigree behind any wine label.

Sons of Eden make four Shiraz-based reds. The flagship pair are the Romulus Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz and the Remus Old Vine Eden Valley Shiraz. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focused and elegant. These characteristics are reflected in the wines; the Remus is the more elegant (but it is no shrinking violet) of the two and is made from 50+ year old vines in the Eden Valley and matured in French Oak hogsheads.

"Deep inky purple in colour with bright crimson hues this wine has a combination of dark cherry and complex spicy aromas. The palate displays layers of blue berry fruit character with nuances of dried herb contributing to complexity. Velvety tannins and a core strength of flavour persists through the length of the palate. Built to last - optimum year 2025+.

Hand harvested, destemmed and crushed into small 1.5 tonne open topped fermenters. Selected fermenters also had a component of whole bunches added to the destemmed berries. A pre-fermentation cool soak ensured a slow initiation to fermentation. Ferment temperatures were allowed to peak at 32oC before being cooled to 28oC for the remainder of the fermentation. Hand plunged daily allowed for a gentle extraction and helped to prolong the fermentation. After an extended period on skins the ferments were pressed to predominately new French oak hogsheads. Matured and racked only once through the 22-month maturation period provided for extended mouth-feel and wine texture development. Prior to bottling, natural clarification and stabilisation techniques were employed to ensure minimal finings and no filtration."  Sons of Eden 

"Sons of Eden is one of my top picks among the hundreds of new small wineries coming out of Australia. It specializes in wines that manage to build grace and harmony into those ripe, opulent Aussie flavours. The Sons of Eden wines all strike me as exceptionally supple and smooth."  Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator  

Expert reviews

"A fresh, rich shiraz reflecting perfect use of stems. The nose shows truffles, undergrowth, the lot. Quite simply, it's a brilliant Barossa red of which we can be proud. This is a long way from over-ripe fruit, tannin from a bag and obvious American oak. Don't miss it.

Vintage 2012 was widely reported as being 10/10 in most parts of Australia. Given the build-up, this tasting provided its share of shocks, but there was considerable compensation from the quality of the top wines. The top three wines are brilliant (Sons of Eden Remus was top) and are magnificent examples of shiraz."  Winewise – Outstanding  ★★★★★

"Deep colour; the cedary, savoury complexity of the wine is evident from the first whiff, the thumbprint of extended maturation in predominantly new French oak very obvious; that said, French oak is far more suited to the Eden Valley than is American, and the fruit density on the palate, combined with the fine, persistent tannins, validates the maturation programme. Quite simply, a great wine from a great vintage. Drink by 2042."  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion - 96 points

"Super smooth – vanilla crème deluxe, exotic spice, dark cherry and black fruit, subtle peppermint chocolate. Medium to full bodied, plushly fruited, silky smooth and rounded, ultra fine dense tannin, just-right acidity and a long spiced and lightly savoury finish. Immaculate. Top shelf.  Alcohol: 14.5%. Closure: cork. Drink: 2016-2028+. Price: $70."  Gary walsh, The Wine Front - 95 points

"Black cherry-berry and boysenberry fruits, pan juices and mint. Quality barrel influence is in no way disproportionate. Pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. Obscenely good shape through the mouth with supple and tight tannin pulling everything together. Masterful work." Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself – 94+ points 

About the winery

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When winemaker Corey Ryan and multi-skilled viticulturist Simon Cowham established Sons of Eden in 2000, they already had years of experience in South Australia's Barossa and Eden Valleys.

Ryan has racked up more than 25 Barossa vintages and worked in New Zealand with Villa Maria Estates; he was awarded 2007 New Zealand Winestate Winemaker of the Year. Back home, he was a 2016 finalist in Gourmet Traveller Wine's Australian Winemaker of the Year. But it was his time as a winemaker at Henschke that lit his fire for the Eden Valley.

Cowham's early days included selling OddBins wines in its glory days, returning from England to work for the Winemakers' Federation of Australia. He switched to grape growing by qualifying as a viticulturist and joining Yalumba as manager of its Heggies and Pewsey Vale vineyards in the mid-'90s. In 2013, Barons of Barossa anointed him Barossa Winemaker of the Year. He, too, has 25-plus Barossa vintages under his belt.

More than 25 vineyard sites across the Barossa and Eden Valleys supply fruit to Sons of Eden: 10 are directly managed and operated by the label, and the rest are supplied by handshake agreements with their loyal generational growers. The success of the arrangement is demonstrated by three Most Successful Exhibitor awards from the Barossa Wine Show, two Winewise Small Vigneron Awards and an unbroken annual stream of five-red-star ratings from 2012 to now. 

Wine region map of South Australia

South Australia

South Australian is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. It is home to more than 900 wineries across 18 wine regions. The regions are Adelaide Hills, Adelaide Plains, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Currency Creek, Eden Valley, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Riverland, Robe, Southern Fleurieu, Southern Flinders Ranges and Wrattonbully.

Many of the well-known names in the South Australian wine industry established their first vineyards in the late 1830s and early 1840s. The first vines in McLaren Vale were planted at Reynella in 1839 and Penfold's established Magill Estate on the outskirts of Adelaide in 1844.

South Australia has a vast diversity in geography and climate which allows the State to be able to produce a range of grape varieties - from cool climate Riesling in the Clare and Eden Vallies to the big, full bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Two of Australia's best-known wines, Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace, are produced here. There is much to discover in South Australia for the wine lover.