Dead Winemakers Society
Region: Adelaide Hills
The Dead Winemakers Society is our homage to those visionary individuals that carved their path in the wine industry before us. They were the crazy ones, the wild-eyed wine poets that had a deep respect for both the land they farmed and the process of guiding the fruit to bottle in the most thoughtful and composed manner possible. There have been many who have inspired us through their wines and philosophy – we have listened, learned and adapted the practises of their legacy to form our own.
The 2017 vintage of D.W.S. has a more masculine feel, being bolder and earthier than previous vintages. Winemaker Sam Berketa achieved this by leaving the grapes to hang on the vine longer than usual, pushing the vineyard as much as possible given favourable weather conditions. In the winery, it spent half its maturation life on full lees in old barriques then racked slightly dirty to tank to continue some lees ageing, but also to lock down some more of the primary characters.
We think it’s an evolution our winemaking predecessors will appreciate.
LOOKS LIKE… Garnets.
SMELLS LIKE… Cinnamon and clove spice, cherries, strawberries and herbal notes.
TASTES LIKE… Savoury with bright acidity, supporting the fruitier aspect. Good structure without heavy tannin extraction. Hearty weight and masculine finish.
DRINK WITH… Pork, spiced lamb and chargrilled eggplant.
CELLAR FOR… Up to 10 years.