Dukes The Whole Bunch Great Southern Shiraz 2018
96 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION GREAT SOUTHERN SHIRAZ FROM DUKE'S
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- 96 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- SPECIAL VALUE BUY WINE COMPANION
- 5 STAR RATED WINERY JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION
- JAMES HALLIDAY WINE OF YEAR WINNER 2019
Whole Bunch fermented Shiraz. Brilliant bright Ruby colour, celery & spice nose. Elegant, long, intense finish.
96 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Hand-picked, open-fermented with 100% whole bunches, 5-6 days on skins. Superb violet-crimson colour; there is no mention of oak, but the vibrant, highly spiced red fruits are the epitome of successful whole bunch fermentation. There is every reason to drink it now, but keep it longer if you will."
Nick Butler The Real Review
"Medium-weight in the glass; dark, crimson red with translucent edges. Whole-bunch ferment is instantly evident when swirled, dried herbs and clove spice, white pepper and negroni botanicals. This is slightly overdone - while sapid and spicy, the fruit has suffered due to heavy-handed bunch work. Tannins jut because of it. Needs to be toned-down"
Duke and Hilde Ranson ended their long search for the perfect property to establish their vineyard as their "retirement". The first vine was planted on Duke's 60th birthday, on the 5th August, 1999. When other people think of retirement, Duke and Hilde Ranson started their wine-making careers.
With Duke’s background in Agriculture and a long love affair with wine, it was not altogether a surprise when Duke and Hilde purchased a block in the Riesling belt in the Porongurup.
They decided to plant beautiful Riesling, beloved Cabernet Sauvignon (by Duke) and spicy Shiraz. Ten hectares of vines were planted on the 60 hectare farm. ‘Porongurup Pure’ sheep are agisted on the remaining acreage. The vineyard is situated at the foot of the heritage-listed Porongurup Range and also overlooks the Stirling Range to the north. It is a cool climate region producing soft reds and is a premium region for Riesling. The cellar door opened in 2002, to serve their first ever vintage, 2001 Riesling.
The entire staff consists of six, with Duke and Hilde included. They are a small, passionate, family orientated crew, who all know the place like the back of their hand.
Duke’s Vineyard is the dream that is now reality - and although retirement is looming, Duke and Hilde remain as enthusiastic about their project as they were on the day they first saw the property.
Great Southern, West Australian
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