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2018

SHIRAZ

Region:

McLaren Vale

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STORY

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An apex of the Alpha Box & Dice big reds, unrivalled in boldness, strength and power, Hercules is a gift from the heavens for those who seek rich tannins and dense fruit.

With Shiraz commanding utmost respect in the McLaren Vale region, Hercules muscles up as a full-bodied, maximum impact wine – ready to tackle any competitor and prove its might. The AB&D winemaking team treat Hercules like any prize fighter; handcrafting it to be lean and honest, using small batch, minimal intervention and vegan friendly methods. It is only made in exceptional years when the vintage conditions are perfect for producing ultra premium Shiraz. Hercules rises fresh and victorious from its slumber – ready to take on anything from a hearty meal to the Twelve Labours. Dark, brooding and powerful, we bow our heads in silence and accept this elixir of the gods.

WINEMAKING

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Hercules is a double vineyard Shiraz from Loulakis Vineyard in Blewitt Springs and Zuzolo Vineyard in Sellicks Foothills. The fruit from Loulakis Vineyard was harvested by hand in the early hours of the morning, destemmed and fermented wild for 10 days on skins. Zuzolo Vineyard was harvested by hand in the early morning, fermented as 100% whole bunches with footstomping and hand plunging until dry.

The Loulakis Shiraz was aged in 100% new French oak barriques for 30 months, the Zuzolo Shiraz was aged solely in old hogsheads for 30 months.

TASTING NOTES

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LOOKS LIKE… Amethyst and rubies.

SMELLS LIKE… Raspberries, plums and blackberries balanced out by black pepper, close, liquorice and anise undertones.

TASTES LIKE… Liquid velvet - a super plush palate weight with chalky mineral tannins that speak of the wines ability to age.

DRINK WITH… Really great friends around the dinner table.

CELLAR FOR… Up to 50+ years.