Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2002

The Source
100% Shiraz grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region.

Tasting notes
The 2002 vintage was one of the coolest on record but the site of the Ulithome vineyard still allowed the fruit to fully ripen. The subtle pepper notes are a result of the cooler ripening conditions. There has been an increase in the percentage of French Oak but a blend of oak types has given the best mix of flavours.
This Shiraz exhibits a complex nose of ripe berry fruits (plum and blackberry), a 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.

Analysis
Alcohol: 14.73% Vol.
pH: 3.61
TA: 6.20 g/lt
VA: 0.48 g/lt

Vintage Observation
2002 was a very elegant year producing wines of excellent colour and uniformity of bunch size and ripeness with good levels of natural acidity across all varieties. It was a very easy gentle summer and dry autumn. It was a year that was very hard to make a bad wine.

Reviews
Black fruits, cedar, spice and dark chocolate on the bouquet flow through to the fine, tightly structured and long palate, the tannins fine but persistent, the oak good.
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: 04/Mar/2011
Released Price: $60.00
Alcohol: 14.5%
94 points – James Halliday, Wine Companion

94 points
Strongly spicy black fruits; Cote Rotie style, with an exotic tang; abundant fruit; great palate structure and ripe tannins. James Halliday 2005 Wine Companion

“Thank you very much for sending me a bottle of 2002 Frux Frugis. I am delighted to say that it will make it into my 100 best Australian wines 2004 (on my website -www.expertwine.com). I felt that the 2002 is even more precise and chiselled than the rich 2001, as it has more elegance and balance. It doesn’t show the 14.5 degrees and the savoury pepper/spice elements add tremendous complexity overlaying the mass of black fruit. Congratulations, this is a very worthy follow up to the great ’01.” Matthew Jukes, writer for The Daily Mail, UK.

“An incredibly intense and complex aroma: cedar, blackberries, plums, vanilla bean, saddle leather, mocha and coconut. The palate has concentration, masses of black fruits, earth, leather and liquorice. A fine tannin spine draws the fruit to a long finish…in all, a complex and balanced wine that is destined to age well.” Divine Magazine, Aust., March-May 2004.

“Strong spicy black fruits; Cote Rotie style, with an exotic tang; abundant fruit; great palate structure and ripe tannins. (5 star – 94 Drink 2017)”. James Halliday, 2005 Wine Companion. Ulithorne has been rated by James Halliday in his 2005 Wine Companion as one of the “Ten Best New Wineries” of Australia.

“Everything the vintage promises. Thick black berried fruit, sweet earth, a swoosh of caramel and a big, lengthy finish. Fantastic McLaren Vale shiraz. A terrific new label. Drink: 2006-2014.” Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly.

Museum Tasting Review (May 2017)
Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2002     14.5%              Cork
Very good. Opening up. Dark chocolate, mocha, earthy soft and charming on the palate. It’s a lovely drinking wine at its peak.