Stewed plums, anise. Wet alpine eucalyptus – sticks with you like a movie stars aftershave. This wine is “Anise”, in the light-handed role she played early in her career. Before she became “Star Anise”. Complementary, not the starring role. Then, in the naivety and innocence of talent before fame, take a walk along the beach and breathe deeply through your nostrils, salinity – savoury – what a treat. Dark fruit, dark, rhubarb with its generosity and tart acidity, mulled wine with its cloves and cinnamon. This wine is broody and commands respect – drink with food. Let her partner a star the same way she did early in her career – somehow, the soliloquy is not quite as sweet as the ensemble.
Hand-picked in mid-March, the fruit was de-stemmed, leaving the fresh whole berries. Fermented with wild yeasts from the vineyard in a small open fermenter, with daily punch downs. The ferment lasted 3 weeks, before being pressed to stainless for ageing. The wine was hand-bottling in October 2020, under natural cork. No filtering or fining. Minimal sulphur.
Vineyard: Faraday Vineyard
Harvest: 17 March 2020; picked by hand
Aged: In stainless, 6 months
Bottled: October 2020
Closure: Natural cork
Palate: Stewed plum, anise. Rhubarb, dark fruits, cloves, and cinnamon. A savoury nose, with generosity. A Shiraz that demands your respect and partners with food.
P • P • P • Classification: Place.
This wine is an expression of our Faraday vineyard. Very little winemaking, raw and unadapted, this Shiraz speaks for the unique site in which the grapes are grown.