Ulithorne ‘AVITUS’ Shiraz 2016


AVITUS: [Latin] of the Grandfather

The Avitus was created from a special parcel of single vineyard Shiraz that has been locked away for the long term by one of our Growers of a very old vineyard in McLaren Vale. 

This elegant wine exhibits a medium red colour of vanilla, cedar, plums, and blackberries with hints of cured meats, mocha, and anise. A refined and taut structure with chalky tannins and persisting length. It’s a beautiful savoury palate with black olives, dark berries, and some bitter dark chocolate.

There is currently a limit on Avitus of 3 bottles per customer.


The Source

93% Shiraz and 7% Cabernet from the same vineyard in the McLaren Vale wine region. 


The Process

Small opens, hand plunged, and pressed. Several batches are kept separate until final blending.  Matured in new and seasoned French Oak for 18 months.


The Technicalities

Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.49 | Acidity: 7.16g/L


The Accolades

DOUBLE GOLD / 97 points – San Francisco International Wine Awards

“Deep, dark, rich red/purple colour, with an appealing bouquet of dark chocolate-coated blackberries and black cherries, subtly laced with dried herbs. The wine is full-bodied and rich, soft and rounded but possessing abundant tannins, the finish dry, cleansing and long. Very attractive shiraz, already approachable but also cellarworthy.” 93 points (#10 of 77 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016) – Huon Hooke

“We’re scoring this 94 points for now, as it’s a brooding, thick, sleeping giant. Confidently, this scores 96+ for potential. An individual vineyard wine produced from very low cropped grapes and displaying super plush black fruit, liqueur black cherry, graphite, dark chocolate, ripe tannins and spicy black pepper. It’s dense, very “McLaren Vale”, harmonious, if a bit shy, and promises to have a very successful future.” 94 points -DMWP