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2017

Shiraz

Durif

Regions:

McLaren Vale

Adelaide Hills

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Story

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The Apostle brings a message.

He railed against the world of wine. He hissed – and spat – spreading his message of reform. His words so powerful, you can almost smell his mad breath, see the smoke curl up from the yellow pages of his good book and hear the blood-curdling moans of despair. He speaks of reform in the vineyard, treating the earth and vines with respect, of reform in the art of the blend and making a complete wine. He laments the fact that in the 80s and 90s, Shiraz was blended with Viognier, creating what he sees as “Shiraz with training-wheels” … We all deserve better then that.

Winemaking

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The 93% Shiraz was picked from Loulakis Vineyard in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, with the 7% Durif picked from Yacca Paddock in Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills. The Shiraz was machine harvested in the early hours of the morning, destemmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast. Fermented for 10 days on skins. Cap managed during fermentation using 15 minute pump-overs twice daily. The Durif was hand picked in the morning, destemmed retaining as much whole berry as possible, inoculated with a neutral yeast and fermented until dry on skins for 10 days. Matured for 30 months in French barriques (30% new) with an additional six months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

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NOSE: Raspberry and blackberry bramble, white and black pepper spice and the early suggestion of raisins.

PALATE: Starting soft, the weight builds into a full-bodied spicy number with youthful teen fruits that are developing into more mature adult flavours.

PLATE: Gamey meats and winter casseroles.

CELLAR: Up to 10 years.