FRUX FRUGIS 2001
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This Shiraz exhibits a complex nose of ripe berry fruits (plum and blackberry), a ripe touch of pepper and fine oak notes. The palate has intensity and length with ripe fruit flavours, balanced acidity and well-integrated oak flavours. The tannins are firm and clean, exhibiting the characters of fully ripened fruit and fine well coopered oak. The concentration and balance of this Shiraz will see the wine develop gracefully and build complexity over the next 8 – 10 years.
Museum Tasting Notes (May 2017)
Appearance /Colours is excellent for the age. Outer edge looks much fresher than the centre. Noise is dominated with moss and mulberry however there is an element of oxidation. Palate is much more interesting and holding up well with a lovely soft red berry centre which is McLaren Vale shiraz with soft rounded tannins and a hint of just hanging in their acidity. It’s still a very pretty wine with substance and still very much an excellent example of ‘the modernist style of McLaren Vale’ even after 25 years in the bottle.
Rich, dark chocolate and blackberry fruit; silky but powerful palate; a ripple of sweet fruit through the back palate and long finish. Lovely wine.
Drink by: 2016 Date tasted: 25/Aug/2003 Released Price: $40.00
93 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion
Ripe, lively and focused. A plump mouthful of blueberry, plum, vanilla and spice flavors that persist impressively on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,000 cases made. $55 Issue Apr 30, 2005
93 points – Wine Spectator US
“I was mightily impressed with the wine…real restraint and control, and the wine is near perfect in balance. I must say that it is one of the most complete wines I have tasted this year.” Matthew Jukes, writer for The Daily Mail, UK, November 2002, also features in his book ‘The Top 250 Wines of The World’.
“The 2001 vintage is already being whispered about as a Cult-Wine-In-Waiting…it has heaps of rich, black fruit and smoky oak, and is plush and very McLaren Vale in style.” Max Allen, The Weekend Australian Magazine on 17-18 May 2003.
“…this first release is a bullet-proof wine of balance and concentration that marks it as a superb newcomer to the Australian wine scene. Licorice, tar, blackberry and caramel scents melt into a concentrated-yet-controlled palate that’s all black berry fruit, high-toned oak and a singing length. It’s a big wine but it’s not a massive wine; it’s essence of McLaren Vale. Terrifically balanced.” Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly, May 2003.
“Top Australian. A new label from an established McLaren Vale vineyard, this has good depth and weight with a lot of richness and smooth fleshy texture. Plum, vanilla, cherry and bitter chocolate flavours galore. It has McLaren Vale weight without syrupyness. Drink now to 2010-plus.” Huon Hooke, Good Living, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 2003
“Every now and then, a truly beautiful wine passes by me and this most unlikely-sounding wine is one of them. Named after the Ulithorne vineyard in McLaren Vale, the wine is called the 2001 Ulithorne Frux Frugis Shiraz, it’s about $80 per bottle; and whether or not it is in limited supply, (which it is – only 1000 cases were made from 2001) in the overall scheme of things, that’s an outstanding price for what is an outstanding wine. That it is such a good wine is no fluke. The 70-acre Ulithorne vineyard, is now in its prime at 30 years old, and while most of its produce is still sold off to Southcorp (some of which makes it into Rosemount’s prestigious Balmoral label) some of the best parcels of fruit have been siphoned off to create this wine. The vineyard is minimally irrigated, low yielding and designed to be environmentally sustainable; judging by this wine, it’s one of the stars of the region. Made by Brian Light, the wine spent 18 months in a mix of old and new French and American oak – a process that seems entirely vindicated in the wine itself. There’s a feast of sweet-savoury oak seasoning evident but the overall impression is one of exquisite balance: concentrated but controlled blackberry fruit, singing length, tightening tannins, sticks of licorice, with the high-quality oak merely roping it all in. As a special occasion wine, this delivers.” Campbell Mattinson, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, August/September 2003.
“Five * * * * * This has superb depth and weight, with stacks of richness and smooth, fleshy texture. There’s plum, vanilla, cherry and bitter chocolate flavours welded to typical McLaren Vale weight. It’s 14.5 per cent alcohol but avoids being syrupy. Food: hard cheeses. Aging: drink now to 2010+.” Ralph Kyte-Powell and Huon Hooke, Uncorked, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 2003.
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2001 Shiraz Frux Frugis exhibits a lovely nose of chocolate intermixed with cassis, black cherries, pepper, and a hint of vanilla from American oak (a prominent component in the flavors). Medium to full-bodied, supple-textured, and well-balanced, this seductive effort will drink well for 3-4 years. 89 Points.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2004
100% Shiraz grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region.
Alcohol: 14.5% Vol.
TA: 6.88 g/lt
VA: 0.52 g/lt