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Sand & Stones may break my bones, but geology will never hurt me… Born of one of the most ancient and geologically diverse wine regions in the world, McLaren Vale, this wine is made from Australia’s most ubiquitous grape – Shiraz. With the aim that this Shiraz reflects our view of the region, we combine a famed 74 year old dry grown Blewitt Springs deep sandy vineyard, and a younger more structured and fragrant parcel from the shallow old rocks of our own Seaview site in the hope of a more modern, slender and youthful expression.
We hand picked each parcel to preserve freshness and vibrancy, keeping 10% as whole bunches, and gently de-stemming
the balance in an old burgundy de-stemmer to retain whole berries, allowing it to cold soak for 2 days to capture aromatics. Fermentation commenced naturally, hand plunged and tasted twice daily to assess flavour and colour extraction. After a gentle basket press, the wine was matured in a mixture of old barriques, hogsheads, and a large old oak tank for 12 months.
Cool blue and red fruit lift with layers of spice to entice, supported by a gentle old-oak creaminess, which progresses to the palate exhibiting bright, nervy, and fleshy persistence filed down nicely by fine and savoury tannins.
Ideal serving temperature is 16 °C… God forbid a Shiraz that won’t dominate all food placed before it. Try with spicy Catalan Fish Stew with grilled rye and aioli. Cool cellaring between to 5 years to 8 years will be rewarded.
McLaren Vale, South Australia
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