AVITUS [Latin] of the Grandfather, Old Vine Shiraz.
Ulithorne ‘AVITUS’ Shiraz 2015
Hand picked, hand plunged, the Avitus Shiraz 2015 is another single vineyard exceptional parcel of Shiraz fruit that stands alone in its reflection of source.
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.
A Shiraz Negroni. Spiced blackberries, a thick curtain of sheer concentration and penetrating blackness. Ripping tannins are formidable but perfectly in pitch with the mass of power within. Still light on its feet and primed for enjoyment. Stunning” 98 Points , Peter Nixon DMWP.
“A spectacular rendition of the variety; the seductive bouquet shows dark fruit, mocha, black olive, cedar and mixed spice aromas, leading to sumptuous palate that offers delectable fruit flavours as well as savoury undertones. The wine combines power and grace, and is brilliantly structured by loads of polished tannins, ensuring its gradual development. At its best: 2019 to 2030. 95 Points” Wine Orbit NZ
“A deep red in the glass, the nose has a richness from judicious use of quality french oak that gives the perfect base for plum and dark cherry to make their mark with support from floral violets and potpourri notes.
There is plenty of upfront vanillin oak that is soaked up by dark plum and ripe blackberry fruit, tannins have a graphite like note to them which is a great textural contrast, there is a return of floral red cherry to finish that rounds out what is an exceptionally attractive and moreish McLaren Vale Shiraz worthy of the price tag. This will live for a long time. Optimal Drinking 2017 – 2030, 95 Points.” Patrick Eckel, Winereviewer.com.au