Stephen Tanzer 92
"(raised in used French and American oak barrels): Opaque ruby. Pungent, smoke- and floral-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur, with a peppery accent building with air. Juicy, penetrating and alluringly sweet, offering vibrant black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors braced by tangy acidity. Finishes smooth and very long, with resonating violet and cracked pepper notes."
Charles Cimicky is fastidious. The winery is completely air-conditioned and individually temperature-controlled tanks are employed in the making of all Cimicky wines. Updated technology includes the unse of a membrane press and rotary fermenters. The Cimickys also have their own bottling and packaging line which is a rarity in a winery of this size.
100% Shiraz from an estate vineyard planted in 1973
3 tons per acre
18 months in French and American oak.
is that the quality of the wine produced in
2012 will be high, irrespective of yield size or weather impact.
Regional reports collated by Wine Australia include such phrases
as “truly special”, “excellent to exceptional”, “one of the strongest on
record” and “one of the region’s finest.”
Charles Cimicky is the most Invisible Man of the Barossa. Probably Australia. He is a winemaker who devotes himself
relentlessly to his craft. Over the past 30 years this reclusive and somewhat shy person has consistently sought growth
and improvement in all aspects of his trade. His devotion knows no end; he has, however, no time and definitely no
inclination to promote his fine product. So his wife calls him the Invisible Man. In this gregarious business he actively
shuns publicity and adamantly avoids the media. Invisible Man is very much Jennie Cimicky’s label - regarded with
quite a degree of derision, and actual disbelief and disgust by the man himself who will naturally not be available to
discuss the wine or travel the world to promote it. The wines must, as usual speak for themselves. The Shiraz comes from
the Cimicky’s original plantings of 1973. The release of the label also coincides with their 40th Anniversary.
Charles Cimicky winery and vineyards are located 1 kilometer along the picturesque hermann Thumm Drive in Lyndoch, on the
very floor of the Valley, surrounded by the beautiful Barossa Ranges. Apart from minor drip irrigation in January and February,
the vines are dry grown, cover-cropped and organically fertilized.