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 one bottle 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 basket 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

Vintage 2016: “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

Vintage 2016: “….the nose gives a heady mix of blackberry, plum, and cherry with milk chocolate and vanilla spice. Elegant and luxurious at the same time. The palate opens with a swathe of dark fruits on a bed of supple but finely structured tannins. Oak provides a vanilla background with embellishments of earth and graphite that are soaked up by blackberry fruit. Chocolate richness with a touch of briar frame the long and dark fruited finish. An impeccable release.” Optimal drinking 2018-2030. 96 points – WineReviewer.com.au (published July 5, 2018)

Vintage 2015: “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.” 95 points (29/5/17) – Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com

The 2015 Avitus Shiraz was selected by Huon Hooke to represent Australia competing against the World’s Best in the 2017 New World of Champions.