Ulithorne ‘FAMILIA’ Shiraz 2017


FAMILIA: [Latin] family

This is a rich and lively McLaren Vale Shiraz, showing characteristics of style and driving acidity that are hallmarks across the Ulithorne range. The name ‘Familia’ is a nod to the families of Growers in the McLaren Vale region from whom these grapes were sourced.

With plum, fresh cherries, a lick of pepper, and cedar spice; this easy drinking Shiraz is perfect share with your own ‘familia.’ The classic style is out of respect to the tradition of the Growers that work with us to grow top notch McLaren Vale Shiraz.



The Source

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

The Process

A well-planned blend of premium Shriaz parcels, hand and machine harvested, in late February through to early March. The fruit is cooled overnight in the winery and then fermented separately in small open fermenters whilst hand plunging twice a day.

The Technicalities

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

The Accolades

Vintage 2017: “This is so delicious it’s hard to put the glass down. Swirling whole bunch juiciness, dark, pliant and fleshily fruit-focused, with lip smacking fresh, ripe flavours and an intriguing pot pouri of savouriness.” 95 points – DMWP

Vintage 2016: “Balsamic, tight with a crammed reduction of red fruits and glorious acidity. Spiced plum, rhubarb notes, hint of white pepper. Formidably fully powered with a deft touch of seamless mouthfeel. Long and effortless.” 96 points – Andrew Caillard MW, DMWP

Vintage 2015: “A complex suite of afromas swirl out of the glass in a spicy, savoury dark berry spectrum. New oak makes its precence felt in the focused, medium-bodied palate, but doesn’t hide those intriguing savoury nuances ina win that keeps drawing you back again and again. Drink 2035” 95 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion

Vintage 2015: “A young release for McVale shiraz but this is no kiddie. It’s very well made with plenty of interesting flavours as it travels that keep the drinker both entertained and thoughtful. 94 points, with maybe one or even two to come as it ages, and worth the $40 asked.” 95 points – Tony Key, The Key Report

Vintage 2014 “Parcels of shiraz harvested from late Feb to early Apr, fermented separately in small open fermenters, matured for 12 months in used French oak and stainless steel. An elegant, medium-bodied shiraz true to both its place of birth and breeding. Drink by: 2029” 94 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion







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