In 1859 William Salter cleared 10 acres of land at his Mamre Brook homestead near Angaston in the Barossa and planted Shiraz. On March 20 1862, Saltram crushed its first grapes and produced 1800 gallons of a wine that was simply called ‘No 1. Shiraz’. For the next 30 years, successive vintages of this wine performed impressively at Australian and International wine exhibitions.
143 years after the first No. 1 Shiraz was made we are releasing the 2004 vintage of Saltram No. 1, another intense and truly great Barossan red made by Saltram, the home of the 2003 Jimmy Watson Trophy.
The 2004 Saltram No. 1 Shiraz was sourced from mature, low yielding vines, selected from vineyards across the Barossa and Eden Valleys. 2004 saw good winter rainfalls and favourable conditions during spring and summer delivered a vintage of good to outstanding quality. A heat wave in February caused some concern for early ripening varieties, but grapes maturing after the heat had passed, and particularly those later in the season, showed excellent colour, flavour and acid balance. One of the longest vintages in recent times, warm and stable conditions resulted in both yield and quality exceeding expectations.
Heady and spicy, scented with pepper and cloves, this classic Barossa shiraz unfolds sumptous layers of meaty dark berry and plum-like flavour, smoke and chocolate. Laced with pepper and clove, it’s smooth, generous prescence is enhanced by creamy cedar/coconut oak and a pliant extract of firm, but fine tannins. It carries a generous but balanced measure of alcohol, before finishing warm and savoury, with a lingering hint of licorice.