2021 Paralian Blewitt Springs Shiraz

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SPICY BLACK FRUIT, CHOC-HAZELNUT, GRILLED MEAT AND BLACK OLIVE. IT’S MEDIUM-BODIED, QUITE PURPLE TO TASTE, ALL THE SPICE AND MEATY FLAVOURS, THOUGH NOT WITHOUT SOME FLORAL AND THYME PERFUME. TANNIN IS SUPPLE AND OFFERS A SORT OF GRAPHITE GRIP, AND AGAIN THE DRIED HERB AND MEATY FLAVOURS CARRY ON A LONG FINISH OF FRESHNESS AND INTENSITY. SAVOURY, SPICY, A VERY ‘ADULT’ STYLE OF SHIRAZ HERE, AND REALLY QUITE DISTINCTIVE AND GOOD.
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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Alcohol
14.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2021
Cellar to
2030
Why's this wine for you?

That’s the beauty of Mclaren Vale, the world’s most geographically diverse wine region. One minutes you can be surrounded by ancient, gnarly bush wines, the next you can be taking a dip in the ocean. It’s a lifestyle that appeals to many, not least of all Charlie Seppelt and Skye Salter, the married duo behind Paralian.

After a total of 46 vintages between them, both at home and overseas, they made their home in Port Willunga and set up shop as it were, sourcing fruit to make astounding artisanal Shiraz and Grenache - What else? We are in Mclaren after all.

Fruit is sourced from Blewitt Springs, the coolest sub-region of McLaren and also home to some of the oldest vines. The wines they so lovingly produce from this pristine fruit have to be tasted to be believed.

2021 Paralian Blewitt Springs Shiraz comes from a sandy, dry-grown vineyard planted in 1998 called Springs Hills, a site which both Salter and Seppelt had worked with previously.

How's it taste?
Spicy, deep, dense and dark to black primary fruits, Kalamata tapenade and white spice intermingle with coal dust, graphite and charcuterie notes. Richly scented, medium to full bodied with a dense ripe core of coiled tannins, a coolness to the fruits through the palate with richness that McLaren Vale delivers with little effort. The fine spice notes throughout this wine giving it freshness and a style befitting of where it’s grown.Vegan friendly
How was it made?
Single Vineyard Shiraz, fruit sourced from ‘Springs Hill Vineyard’, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale grown by the Whaite familyDry Grown on Holocene Sand, North/South aspect 205-210m altitude. Planted 1998.A vineyard we both have worked with in previous roles and one we were instantly drawn to for our Shiraz. 2021 is our fourth release of this single vineyard wine.Hand-picked fruit, wild-fermented in a 133-year-old wax lined concrete open fermenter, 22% whole bunch (foot trodden for tannin extraction from ripe rachis), remainder destemmed. Cold soaked for 5 days, plunged and pumped over during peak of ferment, 11 days on skins. Wine was matured on lees for 10 months in French oak, 20% new.The Shiraz was hand harvested on the 20th of March again this year! Possibly themost balanced year we seen from The Springs Hill Vineyard in terms of canopy to fruit ratio and this year with perfect levels of light inception. Fruit was handpicked during the cool of the morning with lovely rachis ripeness once more. This 2021 is a step closer to a refined style of Shiraz we encountered whilst working in the Rhone, but maintaining its essence of Blewitt Springs.
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Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
SPICY BLACK FRUIT, CHOC-HAZELNUT, GRILLED MEAT AND BLACK OLIVE. IT’S MEDIUM-BODIED, QUITE PURPLE TO TASTE, ALL THE SPICE AND MEATY FLAVOURS, THOUGH NOT WITHOUT SOME FLORAL AND THYME PERFUME. TANNIN IS SUPPLE AND OFFERS A SORT OF GRAPHITE GRIP, AND AGAIN THE DRIED HERB AND MEATY FLAVOURS CARRY ON A LONG FINISH OF FRESHNESS AND INTENSITY. SAVOURY, SPICY, A VERY ‘ADULT’ STYLE OF SHIRAZ HERE, AND REALLY QUITE DISTINCTIVE AND GOOD.
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