Ulithorne ‘UNICUS’ Shiraz 2015


UNICUS [Latin] One of a kind, unique.


Hand picked, hand plunged, basket pressed, the Unicus Shiraz 2015 was created from a special single vineyard parcel of Shiraz fruit that just could not be ignored, from one of our Growers, very old vineyard in McLaren Vale. When we see and taste exceptional, one of a kind fruit, then it excites us to pick, take care of and bring to your glass, an exceptional wine.

Tasting Notes: A powerful Shiraz that shows illuminating purity of plums, black currants and a touch of cedar. Spicy clove and black pepper on the nose supported by red and black currant perfume, with a length and drive of well structured tannins to allow the Unicus to cellar well. Bottles are individually numbered.

Technical Notes: Cooled as whole bunches overnight then crushed the following morning and placed into small open fermenters for a gentle fermentation that was complete in 12 days. Cold soaked then basket pressed to new and older French Oak hogsheads and matured for 20 months. 

Vintage 2015 came early and we were hand picking the first of our vineyards in the first week of February. The fruit advanced through ripening in late Spring, after a longer than usual flowering period. A cooler January allowed the fruit to hang through the cool phase and build in flavor and ripeness. As soon as the sun warmed up the ground and surrounding air again in early February, the vines built final ripeness and the berries hung ready for picking.

Limited to 1 bottle per customer.


“This is a sensual goddess of a wine, with a body of toned muscle, and power rippling and extending to all parts of the mouth. It’s a pleasure to taste and a privilege to drink. 96 points and for those who have it, well worth $75. If it came from the Rhone it would have a 1 after $ and before 7. Rating 96. TONY KEY – THE KEY REPORT

“Deep, dark, slightly black/tawny tinged colour. The bouquet is subdued and earth-bound, with savoury and not fragrant aromas. Hints of ironstone. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with solid structure and excellent ripeness. Big and generous with abundant ripe tannins and a sense of gravitas. Excellent wine for the long term. 28/5/2017″ 95 Points, Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com

“It is gloriously expressed on the nose showing dark fruit, chocolate, cedar and roasted beetroot characters with nuances of vanilla and floral. The palate is powerful and graceful at the same time, offering excellent concentration and weight, brilliantly enhanced by rich fruit intensity and velvety texture. Wonderfully composed and superbly structured. At its best: now to 2027. AU$75.00.” Rating 95. Wine Orbit NZ, Sam Kim

“A dense dark red in the glass, a dark fruited nose with lifted cherry and plum fruit that’s set amongst touches of savoury stem and a sprinkling of oak spice. Medium bodied palate that is steeped in dark plum and blackberry fruit, tannins are fine, drying and work well amongst a line of acidity that keeps the wine flowing. There is dark chocolate and liquorice that are welcome additions to the long drying blackberry dominant finish. Optimal Drinking 2017 – 2031” Rating 91, Patrick Eckel, Winereviewer.com,au