Ulithorne ‘FRUX FRUGIS’ Shiraz 2015

$108.00

FRUX FRUGIS: [Latin] fruit of the earth

‘Frux Frugis’ is Latin for ‘fruit of the earth’ and individually sourced from the finest parcels of Shiraz on the old vines of Ulithorne Vineyards.

This wine presents a full palate of rich ripe plums and blackberries, dark spices like cloves and star anise, some chocolate, inkiness, and cedary oak. There is a grand weight, exceptional length, and slight bitterness with lots of tannins. This vintage of Frux Frugis shows the reward in which wonderful weather and well-tended vines can bring to a wine. Our Frux Frugis is individually numbered.

There is currently a limit on Frux Frugis of 3 bottles person customer.

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The Source

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

The Process

The grapes are cooled as whole bunches overnight, crushed the following morning, and fermented in small open fermenters whilst gently hand plunging twice a day.  Then intently matured in new to 3 year old French barrels for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.

The Technicalities

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

The Accolades

“Old vines in a single vineyard with low yields. The bouquet makes me think of the River Styx, dark and impenetrable, the full-bodied palate’s power and liquid intensity coming as a shock. No light feminine touch here, and why should there be. It is a remarkable wine of very high quality, piling on the flavour as its length extends inexorably.” 97 points – James Halliday

“McLaren Vale Shiraz with some impressive pedigree that delivers on it’s reputation and the vintage. A brooding nose of blackberry, dark cherry, and plum that’s softened by softened vanillin oak. Layers of black fruits show themselves on the palate with milk chocolate and earthen leathery notes. Tannins are drying, firm, and underwrite decades of development. A wine with classy winemaking and undeniably high quality fruit has resulted in a benchmark example of McLaren Vale Shiraz.” 97 points – Patrick Eckel

Vintage 2014: Decanter’s Asian Wine Awards 2017 – BEST AUSTRALIAN RHONE VARIETAL