97 Points Patrick Eckel
96 Points Campbell Mattinson
Ancestor Vines over 130 years old.
When two good mates get together, one the Chief Winemaker with a major winery from the Barossa Valley and with his own vineyard, the other with a passion for wine, the inevitable had to happen and Purple Hands Wines was created. Craig Stansborough and Mark Slade started Purple Hands in 2006 with a humble start, making just 100 dozen in the first vintage. Just over a tonne of hand picked Shiraz was crushed and barrel fermented in Craig’s shed and then came the hard part, to find a name for the label.
Vineyards : Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch. Circa 1880 PF Zimmerman planted 468 Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his family property ‘Woodlands’ situated on the outskirts of Lyndoch. We believe this to be one of the oldest bearing plantings of this variety in Australia and we feel privileged to be the custodians of this special part of the Barossa.
“The concentration of flavour here is fantastic. So too is the fan of tannin that spreads through the back half of the wine, and then helps carry the fruit on and out through the finish. This is serious stuff, no mistaking it. It’s drenched in blackberries and plums, licorice and bitumen, and while there’s some (dark) chocolate flavour, and wafts of cedarwood, the oak has mostly been soaked up by the fruit. It’s not old school; it’s glorious Barossa fruit, concentrated and commanding.” – 96 Points Campbell Mattinson
“An inky dark red in the glass, the nose slowly gives more with time in the glass, it’s varietal in terms of Cabernet with blackberry fruit, violets and a touch of mint at the fore but also speaks to the region with plum and liquorice like spice which is a characteristic of Barossa Cabernet. The palate walks the line between concentration and elegance and does it in style, blackberry and plum fruit have beautifully supportive tannins with a chocolate and understated leather note. The complexity and length of the wine to finish is superb, with earth, delicate herbaceous notes, dark chocolate and plum all coming together with impact.” – 97 Points Patrick Eckel, winereviewer.com.au