Wine Advocate 90
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Out of the Park Petite Sirah has an intensely scented nose of baked blackberries, crème de cassis and mocha with fruit cake and preserved plums hints. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with spicy baked berry flavors that are well matched by chewy tannins and plenty of freshness, it finishes with great length and tons of character."
Vinous Media 90
"(aged for 18 months in used French and American oak barrels): Inky purple. Aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry, mocha and cracked pepper, along with a smoky topnote. Seamless and appealingly sweet, with expansive black and blue fruit flavor showing an appealing creaminess of texture. Supple tannins give shape to the long, smoke-tinged finish, where the blue fruit and spice notes repeat strongly. -- Josh Raynolds"
Benjamin Hammerschlag’s family arrived in the States from Germany in the late 1800’s. His great-great grandfather married a young girl by the name of Flegenheimer and joined her family’s business. The business was established in 1876 and was still flourishing in 1919 when the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages was
outlawed in the United States. The vineyard is situated at the edge of the Onkaparinga National Gorge, which means this wine is literally just “out of the park.”
The vines are located in the Seaview area of McLaren Vale, where there is only a few feet of topsoil over a hard shelf of chalk. The cuttings were planted as bush vines on the western slope of Hammerschlag’s property. Yields are low with roughly 2 tons of fruit per acre.
Aged for several months in neutral French and American oak to showcase bright acidity and natural fruit. Returned to stainless steel tanks and after 12 months, the wine was blended and bottled with only a very light filtration.
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Benjamin Hammerschlag's family arrived in the States from Germany in the late 1800's. His great-great grandfather married a young girl by the name of Flegenheimer and joined her family's business. The Flegenheimers were New York Wine Merchants - in their day a well-known, thriving, pre-Prohibition family enterprise with several locations throughout the greater New York area. From Brooklyn to Yonkers, Hoboken to Newark, Flegenheimer Bros dealt exclusively in quality beverages. The business was established in 1876 and was still flourishing in 1919 when the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages was outlawed in the United States. Three generations later, the youngest Hammerschlag has decided to resurrect this heritage with a reserve red from his high altitude, McLaren Vale property, giving new life to the legacy that began long before he too chose wine as his passion and profession.