Ulithorne ‘DONA’ Shiraz 2015


DONA: [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. With ‘Dona’ meaning ‘gift’ it’s only fitting we use this range to help fund charitable influences on society.

This wine has beautiful soft, fine tannins, with plums, mixed red/dark berries, and spices on the nose.

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The Source

100% Shiraz grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region. 

The Process

Gathered with a combination of hand & machine harvesting, depending on the viticulture practices of each of the growers. And matured in French barriques for 12 months prior to blending and bottling. 

The Technicalities

Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.49 | Acidity: 7g/L

The Accolades

Vintage 2016: “Complex and concentrated, with black tea, fresh loam and thyme accents to the dark, dense plum, cassis and black liquorice flavours. Toothsome on the finish. Drink now through 2027.” 91 points – WINE SPECTATOR, INSIDER Vol. 13 No. 42 (25/10/17)

Vintage 2016: “Bright crimson with purple hues, this displays a rich bouquet of plum, cherry and forest floor and fragrant violets . Full bodied and with rich presence, the palate has abundant flavours of blackberry, early season fresh cherry – all vibrant and energetic with a hint of quality oak.  A brilliant modern take on Shiraz.” 96 points – Peter Nixon, DMWP

Vintage 2015: “It packs a punch, but in the best possible way, distilling the essence of McLaren Vale shiraz into a wine that cannot be denied, its river of black fruits, earth, licorice and high quality tannins unstoppable. Drink 2035” 95 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion

Vintage 2015: “A nose I couldn’t pin so I looked up the tasting notes: “pretty, ripe plums, subtle peppery notes”. That didn’t do it for me, so let’s leave it, but do note there was nothing wrong with the smell. There’s not the heavy expression of shiraz so often found, but one of lightness on one level, with strength running through it. Again, a good wine for the table. 94 points and value at $27. 94 points – Tony Key, The Key Report

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