2018 Shock Value SMG
GRAPEGROWER & WINEMAKER
This wine is made up of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache, all grown here on our vineyards surrounding our Cellar Door at Whistler. We have been running our vineyard using organic practices since August 2013, and biodynamic practices since July 2017.
The Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache were all harvested separately, when each variety was at optimum ripeness. All three varieties were destemmed in the vineyard, and whole berry, natural fermentation was allowed to commence. Fermentation took place in old concreter fermenters and the ferments were foot stomped, twice daily, to minimise extraction. Once each variety reached dryness, they were basket pressed and put to old French oak for 15 months. Each variety was kept separate until it was blended just prior to bottling. No filtration prior to bottling, and no fining agents were used, so this wine is Vegan friendly.
This wine is designed to be an easy drinking red wine that over delivers for the price. The Shiraz component gives the wine a nice blue fruit character and good depth of flavour, the Mataro give the wine structure and an earthy character, while the Grenache shows plenty of juicy red fruits. This is the perfect BBQ wine, and works extremely well chilled in warmer weather.
pH: 3.61 T.A.: 5.88 g/l Alcohol: 13.0%
Drink it now, but if you like more secondary characters, it will age gracefully up to 2024.
93 Points – Mike Bennie (WBM) – December 2019
90 points – James Suckling – June 2019