DONA [Latin] The Gift.
Expanding the Dona range, to include a GSM and now a Shiraz, allows us to expand our philanthropy, as well as to create a Shiraz that is elegant and hugely approachable now. Each wine in the Dona range has a focus on the varieties from the Southern Rhone, France, which allows a continued exploration & celebration of the French ‘village’ style of wine.
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. It was very dry through the months of vintage, which required some small amounts of additional watering by our growers of some of the Blewitt Springs sandy soil vineyards. The Shiraz was particularly pretty this vintage – full of spice, vibrancy of colour, great tannin balance and extended length of the fruit on the palate. It was a fantastic year to start the making of the second wine in the Ulithorne Dona range, as it showcases the generosity of flavour, and liveliness that good quality Shiraz brings to the palate.
Tasting Notes Sourced from friends’ vineyards, this Shiraz shows pretty, ripe plums, subtle peppery notes and a supportive line of acid that makes it a great food wine.
A nose I couldn’t pin so I looked up the tasting notes: “pretty, ripe plums, subtle peppery notes”. That didn’t do it for me, so let’s leave it, but do note there was nothing wrong with the smell. There’s not the heavy expression of shiraz so often found, but one of lightness on one level, with strength running through it. Again, a good wine for the table. 94 points and value at $27 – The Key Report