UNICUS [Latin] One of a kind, unique, Single Vineyard.
Ulithorne ‘UNICUS’ Shiraz 2015
Hand picked, hand plunged, basket pressed, the Unicus Shiraz 2015 was created from a special parcel of Shiraz fruit that just could not be ignored, from one of our preferred growers in McLaren Vale. When we see and taste exceptional, one of a kind fruit, then it excites us to pick, take care of and bring to your glass, an exceptional wine.
Tasting Notes Dark berries, licorice and some spiciness (cloves), with some violets & cassis. Rich dark berry fruit on palate, with blackcurrant, licorice, spices and cedary oak. Good complexity. Fine tannins, balanced palate with very good length.
Vintage 2015 came early and we were hand picking the first of our vineyards in the first week of February. The fruit advanced through ripening in late Spring, after a longer than usual flowering period. A cooler January allowed the fruit to hang through the cool phase and build in flavor and ripeness. As soon as the sun warmed up the ground and surrounding air again in early February, the vines built final ripeness and the berries hung ready for picking. It was very dry through the months of vintage, which required some small amounts of additional watering by our growers of some of the Blewitt Springs sandy soil vineyards. The Shiraz was particularly pretty this vintage – full of spice, vibrancy of colour, great tannin balance and extended length of the fruit on the palate. This vintage showcases the generosity of flavour, and liveliness that good quality Shiraz brings to the palate.
“One of a kind” is the Latin, which translates to a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. This is a sensual goddess of a wine, with a body of toned muscle, and power rippling and extending to all parts of the mouth. It’s a pleasure to taste and a privilege to drink. 96 points and for those who have it, well worth $75. If it came from the Rhone it would have a 1 after $ and before 7.” The KEY REPORT
“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″ 95 Points, Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com
“It is gloriously expressed on the nose showing dark fruit, chocolate, cedar and roasted beetroot characters with nuances of vanilla and floral. The palate is powerful and graceful at the same time, offering excellent concentration and weight, brilliantly enhanced by rich fruit intensity and velvety texture. Wonderfully composed and superbly structured. At its best: now to 2027. 95 Points” Wine Orbit NZ
(Limited Stock remains before stock is transferred to the Museum)
Previous Vintage Notes
Ulithorne UNICUS Shiraz 2014
A powerful Shiraz that shows illuminating purity of plums, black currants and a touch of cedar. Spicy clove and black pepper on the nose supported by red and black currant perfume, with a length and drive of well structured tannins to allow the Unicus to cellar well. Bottles are individually numbered.
Hand picked 12th March 2014. Cooled as whole bunches overnight then crushed the following morning and placed into small open fermenters for a gentle fermentation that was complete in 9 days. Cold soaked then basket pressed to new and older French Oak hogsheads and matured for 21 months.
Vintage 2014 was another small vintage for McLaren Vale. The quality of fruit is superb, and somehow a little more restrained and elegant than the 2013 vintage. Summer and Autumn offered long cooler days, which allowed for a longer maturation period and time for the grapes to ripen evenly and for natural acidity to build in line with the Baumé.
Shiraz in the vineyard looked and tasted of high quality, with smaller than normal berry sizes adding great fruit flavours from the berries and tannin from the skins. Overall another excellent vintage in McLaren Vale, with lower than average yields.