SHIRAZ 2020

$30.00

Vineyard

Hayview Vineyard, Mount Barker WA, planted 2001, north-south facing rows, a hilltop with a southerly slope, loam over ironstone soils, pesticide and herbicide-free vineyard practices.

Winemaking

Machine picked, 7 days on fermentation on skins in open fermenters with hand plunging twice daily, natural cultured yeast, tank pressed, 10 months in seasoned French oak barriques on lees and then matured in stainless steel tank to settle prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Purple and bright in colour, floral and lifted spice bouquet with hints of oak. Cherries and red fruits collide across the palate with earthy, graphite notes giving added texture and interest. Sweet and savoury at the same time, the wine completes its palate journey with white pepper notes & fruit generosity while the older oak lends a rounded, soft, elegant and juicy long finish.

 

Minimal filtration, vegan fined and minimal sulphur on bottling to keep the wine fresh and lively.

 

Pair with winter braises, slow-cooked and/or smoked meats (American style brisket or short ribs), or northern Italian cuisine.

Cellar Potential

8+ years

Winemaker

Andrew Vesey, Consultant; Clandestine Vineyards

Facility

Castelli Estate, Denmark WA

Vintner/Owners

Nick and Trudy Stacy

 

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Reviews

/5

Stuart Robinson - The Vinosomniac

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale; 95yo vines (at the time of this vintage) Blewitt fruit tends to convey a prettiness, no exception here. It’s certainly fragrant, bringing a red fruited presentation. The fruit carries through to the palate, veering towards a blue fruit note, adelicate pop of intensity that gently subsides across a length of finesse. The tannin is fine, of gentle extraction. The depth of flavour is quite something, yet without being too overt. A testament to the quality of the old vines.
/5

Shanteh Wong - Wine Pilot

This is a Grenache for lovers of dare I say it, Gigondas. Red black and blue fruited tones, deep red cherries, ripe blood plum and blackberry. A huge array of botanicals and spice from juniper berries to clove, soft licorice and dark chocolate. The small percentage of whole bunch adds a sliver of herbs, sage and wintergreen.The palate is lifted and elegant, a touch of alcohol sweetness on the finish reminding you yes this is Grenache. They have packed a whooping amount into this bottle and the generosity of fruit and aromatic lifts represent Blewitt Springs and McLaren Vale alike.

93 Points Ken Gargett Wine Pilot

/5

Ken Gargett - Wine Pilot

I have been looking at a lot of good Aussie Grenache of late and this one fits right in. Can you do better? Sure, but only if you throw out a truckload more money. Not sure anythingbeats it for value at just thirty bucks. From the Blewitt Springs region of McLaren Vale, the vineyard was planted in 1923. Fruit was picked from bush vines, basket pressed with 10% whole bunches into large old French oak with 10% of pressings added back. 3,600 bottles produced. A deep crimson colour, this offers notes of smoked meats, cherries, florals and warm earth. Soft but intense with good acidity, it is a wine that lingers and has a good future. An impressiveGrenache and cracking value.

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