86% Shiraz & 14% Cabernet Sauvignon
A new label for Vino Fino and New Zealand. Pirathon produce a range of full bodied Barossa Shiraz and that's all they do, and they do it very well. They are Shiraz specialists.
Top quality grapes are sourced from several vineyards in the North-western sub-regions of the Barosssa such as Greenock, Moppa, Belvidere, Koonunga, Ebenezer. Higher altitude, gullies, hills, slopes, and undulations provide different topographies, microclimates and individualistic parcels of grapes with unique flavours and characters from each site.
The grapes for Pirathon Shiraz are traditionally handcrafted in open top fermenters and basket-pressed before maturing in barrel. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"The 2017 Pirathon Blue is an overachieving Barossa Valley Shiraz. Fruit aromatics are dark and brooding complemented by fragrant notes of mixed spice, cinnamon and malt. Rich and full bodied typical of Shiraz from the North Western Barossa Valley the flavours showcase ripe plums, smoked meats and a dark bitter chocolate finish. Oak plays a supporting role allowing the fruit to shine adding some malt and savouriness to the palate. Tannins are ripe providing a velvety structure helping to create a harmonious wine that will drink well upon release."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, October 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"This is splendidly fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark fruit richness together with seductive notes of anise, roasted hazelnut, cocoa and floral. The palate delivers excellent weight and fruit intensity, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fine-grained tannins. It’s rich and generous with a lengthy delicious finish. At its best: now to 2027."
91/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, February 2020 (2017 Vintage)
"Barossa Valley shiraz with 14% cabernet sauvignon. The cabernet inclusion works well here. It’s a sweet, plum-driven red but that cabernet dustiness helps give it both breadth and shape. There are sweet, roasted nut characters here too along with dry spice/clove. It’s not a profound wine but it has good richness and finishes well. Value."