‘Frux Frugis’ is Latin for ‘fruit of the earth’ and is sourced from Old Vines from the finest parcels of Shiraz from our Ulithorne Vineyards.

Vintage 2014

This extremely limited production is now available (Released 8th June 2017).

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97 Points – Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com

“Saturated deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is very ripe and appealing, with sweet blackberry to black cherry nuances, these flavours translating faithfully onto the very full-bodied palate. A powerful, deep-flavoured wine, with excellent structure and generous tannins. It has great balance in spite of its bigness.
A luxurious wine.”
Date Reviewed: 31/05/2017

96 Points – Patrick Eckel, winereviewer.com.au

“This is a reserve release from Ulithorne and sits at the very top end of wines from McLaren Vale. It’s a wine of great concentration but maintains and elegance and finesse that exudes class.
A dark red in the glass the nose has a beautiful combination of fruit and oak with dark plum fruit given an aromatic, seductive lift of vanillin oak and a background note of leather that takes it to another plane.
The palate is awash with dark chocolate and plum fruit, oak gives richness, texture and depth with a flowing line of acidity that keeps the wines richer characters in check. The finish has a drying, earthen web of tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and chocolate notes.”
Optimal Drinking: 2017 – 2030
Date Reviewed:03 25, 2017

96 Points – Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz

“Voluptuous and sumptuous, this gorgeous shiraz is made from grapes grown on their single vineyard planted in 1969. The powerful bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, cedar and vanilla characters with subtle espresso and mixed spice complexity. The palate displays considerable weight and power, together with awesome fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully framed by velvety texture and polished tannins. A seriously good shiraz offering outstanding richness and length. At its best: 2018 to 2030.”
Date Reviewed: March, 2017

Fruit of the earth” apparently, to be released in May. Sweet fruit, oak, acid and tannin are all pushing for place at the moment. Patience will be needed, not only on release but for a year or two yet. The components are there but not yet together. Having said that, each of those components look very good to me, so a mean 93 on tasting but I have little doubt this wine will move past 95, and maybe to 97. Time will tell. If it’s for putting away, $85 is good value. – The Key Report


 

Historical Tasting Notes/ Tasting Reviews

Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2013
This 2013 vintage of Frux Frugis Shiraz shows star anise spice and ripe plums that is the signature of the old Ulithorne vineyard. Violets, dark summer berry perfume with supportive French oak contributes to the wines elegance, fragrance and structure. A long palate with fine structural tannins ensure long cellaring.


Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2012 – 94 Points

A 60/30/10% blend, cold-soaked and cool-fermented for 10 days, each component separately matured in used French oak for 12 months, then blended and matured for a further 3 months. 4 vintages in France shows in this very good wine, with a generous supply of red and black fruits sewn together by exactly measured tannins.

Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2011 – 95 points
Deeply coloured, it is equally deeply flavoured, blackberry, dark chocolate and plum interwoven; doesn’t even show a glimmer of the wet vintage, and is destined for a long life.

Halliday 2015 Wine Companion

Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2010 – 94 points
Proclaims its region of origin with a generous helping of chocolate; the oak, too has not been spared, and the ripe tannins provide the third leg of the tripod; on repeated tastings, the black cherry and plum fruit finally asserts itself. Halliday Wine Companion 2014


Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2005 – 94 points

Strong purple red; a medium bodied palate, with blackberry, plum & a mixture of chocolate and spice; ripe tannins are in balance, as is the oak; overall, supple mouth feel. Halliday 2008 Wine Companion
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Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2004 – 94 Points
Deep purple-red; lush, mouth filling plum, blackberry & dark chocolate; positive, ripe tannins and controlled oak.

Halliday 2007 Wine Companion
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Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2003 – 93 Points
Medium to full bodies; has a very strong regional bitter chocolate and earth wrapping around the sweet fruit at the core.

Halliday 2007 Wine Companion
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Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2002 – 94 points
Strongly spicy black fruits; Cote Rotie style, with an exotic tang; abundant fruit; great palate structure and ripe tannins.

Halliday 2005 Wine Companion
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Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2001- 93 Points
Rich dark chocolate and blackberry fruit; silky but powerful palate; a ripple of sweet fruit through the back palate and long finish. Lovely wine.

Halliday 2005 Wine Companion
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"Deep, dark, slightly black/tawny tinged colour. The bouquet is subdued and earth-bound, with savoury and not fragrant aromas. Hints of ironstone. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with solid structure and excellent ripeness. Big and generous with abundant ripe tannins and a sense of gravitas. Excellent wine for the long term. 28/5/2017"
97 Points, Huon Hooke

"The palate is awash with dark chocolate and plum fruit, oak gives richness, texture and depth with a flowing line of acidity that keeps the wines richer characters in check. The finish has a drying, earthen web of tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and chocolate notes."
96 Points - Patrick Eckel

"The palate displays considerable weight and power, together with awesome fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully framed by velvety texture and polished tannins. A seriously good shiraz offering outstanding richness and length."
96 Points - Sam Kim, New Zealand