Eisenstone creator and winemaker Stephen Cook secures special parcels of grapes from the ‘western ranges’ of the famous Barossa Valley, renowned for producing fuller-bodied, powerful wines with amazing depth of flavour and exceptional aging ability to make his wines released under the Eisenstone label.
According to Cook: “with some of the oldest vines on the planet, the best of the Barossa Shiraz grapes which have the capacity to produce world-class wines, are highly sought after, closely guarded and extremely difficult to procure, even in small quantities”. The older the vines are, the smaller the grapes are, which means the more intense and concentrated are the flavours. This is, inpart, the reason why most of the world’s best wines are made from grapes grown on old or ancient vines.
Each and every one of the Eisenstone wines receives maturation time in a combination of new and one year old American and French barrels. Cook said “the ideal combination we are striving for is to use fifty percent new French oak, with the remainder being a mix of one year old American and French oak, as best suits each individual batch of wine.”
By doing this, the wine is given an additional layer of structure, complexity and flavour. This oak regime means that in some of the younger Eisenstone wines, the oak may be apparent, however, with cellar maturation, the oak integrates with the rich, dense fruit flavours to create a silky-smooth, complex and balanced big bodied wine.
The Eisenstone wine-making philosophy is very straightforward, to produce the very best possible Shiraz wines from super-premium quality grapes grown in some of the best micro-climates within the region which has become the “spiritual home” of the Shiraz grape variety – the Barossa Valley.
So far the mission has been a great success being given top rating in the 2019 Winestate China Yearbook, listed in the Top 10 new wineries in Australia in 2020, recognised as a 5 Star Winery in James Halliday's 2021 Wine Companion as well as numerous 96+ scores for individual wines.