The much awaited bottling of the award winning Roenfeldt Hill 2011 Gold Medal ZSGM is now underway, but just 200 cases of it. It is initially only being made available to the SA restaurants which have supported the very successful ALINTA rose wines, plus a handful other high end restaurants and private bottle shops.
Achieving a massive 56.5points out of 60 at the Maranga Regional Wine Show of the Barossa in 2012, it is a super-smooth, delightfully different wine, and probably the only style of its type in the world. It is a blend with unusual complexity, being from Zinfandel, Shiraz, Grenache & Mataro grapes. It has had 18 months in American and French oak after being basket pressed, creating a wonderful aroma and rounding the tannins seamlessly.
Judges of the wine show said that it was of a “big zin style, aromatic, ripe and bright, lush, long, clean, and fruit driven.” All of the fruit came from Roenfeldt Hill and adjacent Roenfeldt vineyards. The Grenache content was from the renowned ‘Corkscrew Method’ block of Roenfeldt Hill, near Greenock, owned by the Elson family of Gawler.
Managing trustee for Roenfeldt Hill, Wayne Elson, said that given this was the first red wine commercially produced by his family, all involved are very proud “It has a superbly fine seamless tannin structure…a stylish wine with exceptional complexity” he said. “I am always careful not to overstate, but so many sommeliers and wine judges have given it such great acclaim. Being our first ever red wine, it has given us a huge filip. I only wish we had four times as much of it to sell.”
The simple but classy label designs were developed by the family too. “We used a high quality gold foil to produce labels that hopefully expresses the standard of the wine” Mr Elson added.
“Our vines do it tough in the north-west Barossa due the low water supply and high content of ironstone in the soil, but these are both contributors to the fact that our boutique vineyard has delivers super premium fruit year after year. Low vigor always means low yields and it is entirely usual to see less than 2 tonnes to the acre from the vineyard”
He added that “We were originally going to name the wine our Ironstone Blend, but a trade name search showed that this was already registered by a McLaren Vale wine business. So we decided to simply name it the Gold Medal ZSGM.”
Since its release it is now on the wine lists of some of the most exclusive restaurants, as well as a number of Barossa, Gawler and city cafes. It has spicy characteristics, with tones of pepper, milk chocolate, plums and vanilla, overlaid by the aromas of violets and toasted oak. “Being rich and full bodied, it is fabulous with steak, game, spicy tapas dishes and curries, along with smoked meats, especially smoked mussels” says Mr Elson. We have matched it with a delightful Vache Curd cheese from Barossa Cheese, topped with a smoked mussel, then rolled into a double smoked Lachshinken ham from Steinys (Tanunda) for a true taste sensation, bound to be on the menus of many restaurants. It is also wonderful with a black peppered cheese and metwurst. We are doing our bit for the ‘Barossa. Be Consumed’ advertising campaign, which promotes the Barossa as a food and wine destination” he said.
The Elsons began their venture into adding value to their grapes last year, with their very successful Alinta rose. Only one version of the Alinta rose was made this vintage, as there was not enough fruit to produce both a dry and a sweeter style. Instead, a semi-dry only has recently been released, the 2012 wines having sold out. “We picked the Zin and Grenache a little earlier this year, which has resulted in an even more elegant wine, lower in alcohol and giving it a crisper, zestier finish” concluded Mr. Elson.