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South Australia

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Just like in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, not all things that die stay dead forever.

Lazarus is a special project where the winemakers at Alpha Box & Dice breathe new life into wine that would otherwise be discarded. Being an experimental winery, sometimes things at the AB&D Mothership don’t work, or don’t find a home, so they sit and grow old in the comfort of the cellar. We’ve found a way to revitalise these batches, by putting them over the skins of new wines in the idea of the Ripasso process. Conventionally, Ripasso is a technique where young wine washes over old skins to give old characters… Since we at AB&D don’t really do ‘conventional’, our way of doing it is what we’ve coined the ‘Reverse Ripasso’, where old wine is washed over new skins. For Lazarus, we used new vintage Montepulciano skins.

Lazarus has been years in the making, with wines of all vintages and varieties being added into the master stock over years, and then washed over fresh skins annually. Each year, we take some, bottle it, and make Lazarus. The cycle will continue, Lazarus will rise once more.



Given the popularity of the debut Lazarus, it gave AB&D Head Winemaker Sam Berketa the confidence to push his experimentation to the limits. All varieties used have been re-passed over the skins of another variety and left to steep and integrate from anywhere from five days to four weeks. The entire cuvee was blended together and aged for six months with minimal sulphides added. The "ripasso" combinations included Aglianico on Cabernet Sauvignon skins, Cabernet Sauvignon on Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon skins, Tempranillo and Barbera on Nero d'Avola skins and stems, Shiraz over Sangiovese skins, Barbera, Grenache, Mataro and Dolcetto on Nebbiolo skins. Each batch was kept separate in neutral oak to catalogue the effect that tweaking these variables had on the resulting wines before being blended into the final product and ageing as a complete blend for six months on lees. Fresh-faced, presenting bright fruits with some earthier, meatier and savoury undertones – we can almost guarantee you've never tried a wine like Lazarus before.

Tasting Notes



SMELLS LIKE: Lavender, thyme, sage, blackberries, bramble, savoury spices, curry leaves.

TASTES LIKE: Olives and meaty flavours with fruits of cranberries, cherries, strawberries; finishing with notes of liquorice.

DRINK WITH: Rabbit, pork and lamb.

CELLAR FOR: Up to 8 years.