2018 Opera Block Shiraz – 50th Anniversary Edition


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Rare limited edition Shiraz from our oldest vines expressing 2018’s outstanding vintage.


Master of Wine Peter Scudamore-Smith: Ballandean Estate’s 2018 Opera Block Shiraz is a sophisticated example of cool climate Shiraz. This 50th vintage has tannins of silk, a caressing texture, lovely length of black fruits, oak spice, spotlessly woven flavours and a palate-pleasing light to medium body. Drink now in that fresh zone of vibrant joy aged 2 to 5 years, or enjoy at its maturing peaks of 15 to 25-plus years.

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Our 50th Anniversary Edition – 2018 Opera Block Shiraz.
Sourced from the vineyards planted by Angelo Puglisi in 1968.
Winemaker Dylan Rhymer has delivered a delicate balance of fruit and French oak. This Shiraz is an excellent example of Granite Belt’s terroir, exhibiting blackcurrant and spice. Aged for 12 to 15 months in air dried French oak barriques.


Shiraz 100%, Ballandean Estate fruit


The tannins in this Shiraz will complement the richness of lamb shanks or a veal osso bucco, whereas the spice aromas are a match made in heaven with a Moroccan beef tagine.


Colour Medium purple, high density
Nose Ripe berry, light pepper & cassis aromas
Palate Medium tannins, full-bodied, elegantly balanced dry palate w blackcurrants, & a smooth lingering finish
Alc/Vol 14.8%
Cellaring potential This beautifully structured wine will reward long term cellaring. Drink from now to 10 years.
Winemaker Dylan Rhymer
Viticulturist Angelo Puglisi


The fruit was handpicked in April 2018 then whole bunch pressed. After a long fermentation, the wine was aged for 12–14 months in Reserve French oak barrels that are one to three years of age. Minimal filtration and no fining required before bottling.


Angelo Puglisi cemented his future in winemaking by planting a block of Shiraz vines in 1968 on his Ballandean farm. His decision to convert from table grapes to wine grapes was brave and he and Mary worked hard to produce wines of quality and create a market for their Granite Belt grown wines. Those first vines have been lovingly nurtured over the years and now produce the award-winning Opera Block Shiraz—refined, elegant with intense fruit typical of a cool climate profile.


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