Ulithorne ‘CHI’ Shiraz Grenache 2017

$50.00

CHI: balance; life force

This wine is essentially the balance of two varieties, found in balance within our vineyards. Balance, or ‘Chi’, is the key when blending this Rhone inspired wine. The blue accents on the label represent the beautiful seas found only 4 km to the west; they bring cool afternoon breezes that aid in the development of the complex flavours. The gold background on the label represents the deep ancient sand hills in which the vineyards were planted in 1950.

This wine is an example of the elegance that an old vine Grenache can bring to the table. With wild strawberries and raspberries on the nose and a lightness of bright cherries and spice on the lengthy palate, the flavours are delightfully balanced with soft tannins. This wine is ideal wine with Mediterranean meat dishes. There is a European style to the weight of this wine, which comes from the quality vines, thoughtful viticulture, and a dedication to detail in vinification techniques.

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The Source

58% Shiraz and 42% Grenache grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region. 

The Process

The Grenache is cooled as whole bunches overnight, crushed, then fermented in small open fermenters whilst hand plunging twice a day. Then basket pressed. malolactic in barrel. The Shiraz is treated similarly, although kept separately, until the final blending stage. Both varieties are aged in older French oak barrels for 14 months to mature well, but without oak influence on flavour.

The Technicalities

Alcohol: 15% | pH: 3.51 | Acidity: 6.43 g/L

The Accolades

Vintage 2015: “60% old vine shiraz and 40% old bushvine grenache. Good colour; the bouquet hums with warm spices that are in turn a major part of the medium-boded palate, joining plum and red berry fruit. Carries its alcohol well, and is ready to go.″ Drink until 2021.” 93 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion