Ulithorne ‘UNICUS’ Shiraz 2016


UNICUS: [Latin] one of a kind; unique

The Unicus is the product of Shiraz fruit that just could not be ignored in the Seaview subregion of McLaren Vale. When we see and taste exceptional, one of a kind fruit, it excites us to pick, nurture, and bring to your glass… an exceptional wine.

This powerful Shiraz shows illuminating purity of plums, black currants and a touch of cedar. There is spicy clove and black pepper on the nose, supported by red and black currant perfume. The length and drive of well structured tannins allow the Unicus to cellar well.

There is currently a limit on Unicus of 3 bottles per customer.


The Source

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

The Process

Fermented in small open fermenters for a gentle fermentation that is completed in 12 days, pressed to new and older French Oak hogsheads and matured for 20 months.

The Technicalities

Alcohol: 14.5% | pH: 3.45 | Acidity: 6.95g/L 

The Accolades

“Deep colour and a rich, ripe fruit and toasty oak bouquet, laced with chocolate. The oak is more apparent in the mouth, where it has a charred-timber quality overlying its substantial dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavours. It’s full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with lovely amplitude and fleshy mouth-feel. A superb wine with massive potential.” 93 points (#11 of 77 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016) – Huon Hooke

“…the nose gives a heady mix of blackberry, plum, and cherry with milk chocolate and vanilla spice. Elegant and luxurious at the same time. The palate opens with a swathe of dark fruits on a bed of supple but finely structured tannins. Oak provides a vanilla background with embellishments of earth and graphite that are soaked up by blackberry fruit. Chocolate richness with a touch of briar frame the long and dark fruited finish. An impeccable release..” 96 points – WineReviewer.com.au