Ulithorne ‘AVITUS’ Shiraz 2015


[Latin] of the Grand father.

Hand picked, hand plunged, the Avitus Shiraz 2015 was created from a special old vine single vineyard parcel of Shiraz that has been locked away for the long term, from one of our Growers, very old vineyard in McLaren Vale.

Tasting Notes: Blackberries and cassis, with hints of raspberries & vanilla. Some cedary oak as well. Elegant with great palate length and a tight structure, dark fruit persists.

Technical Notes: Cooled as whole bunches overnight then crushed the following morning and placed into small open fermenters for a gentle fermentation that was complete in 12 days. Cold soaked then basket pressed to new and older French Oak hogsheads and matured for 20 months.

Vintage 2015: 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.

Limited to 1 bottle per customer.


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“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.” 98/100 DMWP

“Deep, dark red/purple colour with a rich, coconut and chocolate bouquet, the palate very full-bodied and deep, dense, luxuriously rich. The tannins are massed and imposing, persisting long on the aftertaste. A whopper of a wine, concentrated and very enduring. An opulent, buxom wine which would suit long-term cellaring. 29/5/2017″ 95 Points, Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com

*Selected by Huon Hooke to represent Australia in the Six Nations New World Challenge

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. AU$75.00.  95 Points TONY KEY REPORT

“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