DONA

DONA (Interpretation Latin – Gift) The Dona series focuses on the varieties of Southern Rhone, France, which allows a continued exploration and celebration of the French ‘village’ style of wine.

Varieties
SHIRAZ
This wine has a vibrant red colour with purple hues, and aromas of plums, blackberries, red currants and spice. The palate has soft, fine tannins with plums, mixed berries and hints of mocha and anise.

2015 – 95 points James Halliday
2016 – 96 points Dan Murphy Wine Panel
2017 – 94 points Sam Kim Wine Orbit
2018 – NEW RELEASE

Shiraz Winemaking: A selection of parcels from mostly cooler parts of McLaren Vale with a combination of hand and machine harvesting, depending on the viticulture practices of each of the growers. Matured in new and seasoned French oak for 14 months prior to blending and bottling.


Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre (GSM)
This beautifully balanced wine has a rich palate of dark cherry, wild berries, and fine savoury tannins; with dark cherry, blackberries and spices on the nose.

2013 – 95 points James Halliday
2014 – 95 points James Halliday
2015 – 94 points Ray Jordan
2016 – 91 points Wine Spectator US
2017 – 94 points Sam Kim Wine Orbit
2018 – NEW RELEASE

GSM Winemaking: With a combination of hand and machine harvesting, depending on the viticulture practices of each of the growers; this wine is fermented in small opens with twice a day plunging, the components of this blend were then matured in French barrels for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.


BLANC (Marsanne Viognier)
With citrus, apricot, white peach, and a slightly perfumed nose; this wine portrays fine texture, fresh acidity, grapefruit, apricot, and white peach with a slight nuttiness on the palate.

2016 – 95 points Tony Keys
2017 – 90 points James Halliday
2018 – VINTAGE NOT MADE
2019 – NEW RELEASE

Blanc Winemaking: The Viognier and Marsanne are both picked in the cool hours of the night and very early morning, with the fruit being taken immediately into the winery, cooled to 10C and then gently pressed. After pressing, the two varieties are then clarified and combined for fermentation, with a portion of the pressings going to barrel for natural fermentation. After ferment all parts are then blended to create the freshness and complexity required for the Dona Blanc. The final blend is then stabilised ready for bottling.


Case: 12 bottle
Closure: Screwcap, cigar band
Glass: Orora

Released: 12 months from production, June