2001 Miss Harry
The 2001 Miss Harry illustrates beautifully what old, dry-grown Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre can achieve in the Barossa Valley. Like the 2000, this wine finished fermentation and malo-lactic fermentation in old French barriques then matured in these same barrels for about 10 months, egg-white fined and bottled without filtration.
Unlike the 2000 vintage, the 2001 growing season did not provide the same Grenache flavour profile that gave the 2000 Miss Harry that extra dimension. After following the evolution of the 2001 base wines over some months it became obvious that increasing the Mourvèdre proportion would provide this extra "funk".
So the final breakdown is 65% Grenache, 20% Shiraz and 15% Mourvèdre.
The colour of 2001 Miss Harry is bright red with a purple hue. The aromas are high tones of ripe strawberry and red forest berries with spicy, smoky hints. The palate is wonderfully full, showing ripe strawberries and plums, and has a concentrated core of fruit essence that is soft and full. Flavours of fruit, spice and earth appear on the palate, creating a wine of great complexity and interest. The finish is long and soft. Barrel maturation in old, French barrels has increased the wine's complexity and refined its texture.