2004 The Donald - Barossa Zinfandel
Aromas of dark fruit, earthy notes, spice and cedar notes, raspberries and dark cherry chocolate. The palate shows dense fruit, cherries, chocolate and spice. It has a tight - long palate, with fruit liqueur flavors and fruit sweetness.
Smidge recommends drinking this wine within the next 5 to 6 years.
The vineyard is located in the western ranges of the Barossa Valley adjacent to Seppltsfield and is planted in red clay / loam soils. The canopy is structured similar to a pseudo vertical shoot design with some sprawling shoots allowing a moderate level of exposure to the sun.. After extensive bunch thinning early in the season and a heatwave in February, the remaining fruit ripeed evenly and was hand picked on the 21st of March.
Vinification & Maturation
The fruit was inoculated, crushed and destemmed into open top fermenter and received a few days cold maceration before fermentation was really allowed to start. The must was pumped over 3 times a day during fermentation which lasted 9 days and was reduced to twice and then once daily until it was pressed. Both the free run and pressings were combined in one tank and were allowed to settle for 24 hours after which it was racked into 2-4 year old French oak for 14 months. The wine went through malolatic formation and was racked twice before bottling.
Harvested - March 2004
Bottled - July 2005
Alcohol - 16.0%
Adamo - Barossa Shiraz
The Tardy - Langhorne Creek Zinfandel
The Cellar-pod - Adelaide Hills Viognier
The Donald - Barossa Zinfandel
Le Grenouille - Adelaide Hills Merlot
2003 - 2004
On the 2004 The Donald...
The Donald Gourmet Wine Traveller - July 2007 (Nick Bulleid) ..."The Donald is building a complex, fragrant bouquet. Forrestal though it "a real contrast in texture" with the other zins. "It's softer and fuller, with Liqueur cherry and raspberry flavours. Seductive!" he raved. With its molasses-like flavours, touch of sweetness and 16 per cent alcohol, this would make a good dessert-style zin to drink with cheese and dried fruits- preferably next to an open fire"