2005 The Tardy - Langhorne Creek Zinfandel
Slightly lighter in colour than its Barossa bred brother, the Donald, with subtle red fruits, florals, spice and creamy notes. The characters flow to the palate with the added complexity of fruitcake and underlying fine tannins.
Grown on sandy loams over limestone adjacent to a flood plain of the Bremer River in Langhorne creek, the vines are allowed to sprawl, but require careful irrigation management. Like many South Australian regions in 2005, Langhorne Creek experienced near ideal growing and ripening conditions with mild days and cool nights. The lack of weather extremes allowed flavour to develop evenly with sugar accumulation to attain near perfect ripeness.
Vinification & Maturation
Although the season was very good for ripening it is interesting that the Langhorne Creek Zinfandel was picked nearly a month later than the Zin from the Barossa. The fruit was hand picked, and similar to last year there was 10-20% berry dimpling (ie slight shrivelling) and was also disease free. The fruit was then de-stemmed only and inoculated with a commercial yeast strain. The must was chilled and cold macerated for 2 days and then warmed up to allow fermentation to proceed. Fermentation was even and lasted roughly 7 days with a maximum temperature of 280C. Total time on skins was 14 days. When the fermenter was pressed, the free run and pressings were blended to tank. After 24 hours, the wine was racked to 2-4 year old French barriques for 11 months, during which malolactic fermentation occurred and the wines were racked twice. Prior to bottling the barrels of both batches were blended and fined, but not filtered.
Harvested - April 2005
Bottlied - September 2006
Alcohol - 15.5%
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 2005 Tardy...
The Bulletin Magazine- July 2007 (Peter Forrestal) - Matt Wenk's day job is at Two Hands in the Barossa: he and wife Trish make a tiny number of facinating wines under the Smidge label. This Langhorne Creek zin was picked nearly a month later than its sibling from the Barossa, "The Donald", and is slightly lower in alcohol. It has very ripe, raspberry jam flavours, is succulent, fleshy and primal with restrained power.