Ulithorne ‘PROSPERA’ Shiraz 2014


PROSPERA: [Latin] a lucky omen; prosperity

Prospera is a wine that celebrates the elegance and intensity of flavours that old bush vine Shiraz from the deep sands of Amery Hill can bring to the table.  The 1950 planted vines, from Ulithorne’s PROSPERA Vineyard provide extremely low yielding crops of Shiraz that provide exquisite length and power in the wines produced.

This wine exhibits spice & ripe cherries on the nose, driving length of blood plums and an elegantly weighted palate, these flavours are balanced with soft tannins.  A prime example of old bush vines, thoughtful viticulture, & dedication to detail in winemaking.


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The Source

100% Shiraz grapes grown on Ulithorne’s Iconic 1950 Prospera Vineyard in McLaren Vale.

The Process

Grapes are cooled as whole bunches overnight, to be crushed the following morning, and fermented in small open fermenters whilst gently hand plunged twice a day. Then carefully matured in 2-5 year old French barriques for 17 months prior to blending and bottling.

The Technicalities

Alcohol: 15% | pH: 3.41 | Acidity: 6.86g/L 

The Accolades

Vintage 2014: “Loose knit, plush and funky/modern. Delicious drinking, and this is something for everybody. Has concentration, plunging depth and power all melded with deliciously unforced silky structure. This could be the best McLaren Vale Shiraz we’ve tried in a very long time.” 97 points – Andrew Caillard MW, DMWP

Vintage 2014: “Primarily from Ulithorne’s 65 year old dry-grown vineyard in Blewitt Springs, hand-picked, cooled overnight, open-fermented, basket-pressed to used French Oak for 17 months. Managed to up the tempo of Familia without falling prey to Parkerism. Both black and blue fruits join hands with a touch of regional chocolate, the tannins fine in best Blewitt Springs style, oak no more than a conveyance.” Drink by 2035. 95 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion