The wine was matured in 100% new French barriques for 15 months providing structure, while complimenting the grape tannin and the terroir-based flavor profile of black, glazed cherries, dark chocolate, mocha and coffee that manifests itself each year in this single vineyard wine.
In 1853 Friedrich Koch planted this Mourvedre vineyard in the heart of the Barossa Valley in the area now known as Rowland Flat. Nurtured in deep sand over a bed of limestone the vines flourished. By the 1880s the local vignerons had already acknowledged the vineyard as the Old Garden. To the end of the 19th Century, throughout the 20th Century and now into the 21st Century subsequent generations of Koch's family have tended these vines in the traditions of the Barossa: bush vines, no irrigation, hand pruned and hand harvested.