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 one bottle per customer.


The Source

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

The Process

Grape selections are cooled as whole bunches overnight, crushed the following morning, and placed into small open fermenters for a gentle fermentation that is completed in 12 days. Cold soaked then basket 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

Vintage 2016: ”Vibrant, fresh spicy fruit. Tangy acidity. Uncluttered, pure spicy fruit. white pepper. Plump, just ripe plum, black olive. Great concentration and immaculate balance.” 95 points – DMWP

Vintage 2015: “One of a Kind” is the Latin, which translates to a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. 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” 96 points – Tony Key, The Key Report

Vintage 2015: “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.” 95 points (28/5/17) – Huon Hooke, www.huonhooke.com.au

Vintage 2015: “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.” 95 points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit NZ

Vintage 2014: “Deep crimson-purple; a striking full bodied shiraz that keeps its varietal shape and its sense of place, black fruits blot out other fruit flavours, but not the regional dark chocolate. The tannins are plentiful, but round and balanced, and oak also makes a positive contribution. Drink to 2034.” 96 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion