Wednesday, 26 November 2014

de iuliis Steven Vineyard Shiraz 2013

This is an outstanding wine made from the famed Steven vineyard in the Hunter Valley which was planted in 1968 on red volcanic soil.

Picked a little early, the initial plan was to blend this parcel away. But Mike de Iullis was so impressed with how the wine presented he left it as a single vineyard label. The result is a medium bodied (12.5%), pretty and fragrant bottle of juice.

The dark cherry fruit is pure, sitting softly and delicately. Red earth characters run underneath the fruit which has great drive yet delicate poise. Soft spice rattles through to a supple and long satisfying finish.

This will comfortably cellar for ten years and I'd certainly go here again.

Region: Hunter Valley
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

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