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2018

Aglianico

Region:

McLaren Vale

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The Xola is our study on duality in wine. In the South American Andes the concept of Yanatin abounds with the indigenous people adhering to a philosophical model based in what is often referred to as a “dualism of complementary terms” or, simply, a “complementary dualism”.

As William Blake says “Opposition is true friendship”… The opposites of existence, dark/light, male/female, inner/outer are viewed as interdependent and essential parts of a harmonious whole. Tannin is the dark; the masculine… in its youth Aglianico (ahl-YAH-nee-ko) certainly has its fair share of tannin heft and muscle, requiring an extended time in seasoned oak barrels to relax, become comfortable with itself and display the harmonious characters we seek.

Winemaking

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Handpicked in the cool morning and de-stemmed, retaining as many whole berries as possible. Fermented until dry with naturally occurring yeast with an additional period of maceration on the skins making a total of 6 weeks of skin contact. Matured in seasoned barriques for 28 months.

Tasting Notes

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LOOKS LIKE: Deep purple.

SMELLS LIKE: Violets, plums, cherries, burnt earth, star anise and pepper spice.

TASTES LIKE: Voluptuous weight, liquid velvet and an elegant acid line.

DRINK WITH: Protein over coals.

CELLAR FOR: Up to 20 years.