Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2003
100% Shiraz grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region.
This Shiraz exhibits a complex nose of ripe berry, spice and fine oak notes. The palate has intensity and length with ripe fruit flavours, and well integrated oak. The tannin structure is firm and clean combining both fruit and fine oak tannins which give length and finish to the wine. As for previous vintages, this Shiraz will develop gracefully and build complexity over the next 8 – 10 years.
Bottled – December 2004
Alcohol: 15.30% Vol.
TA: 6.94 g/lt
VA: 0.51 g/lt
2003 was the start of several drought years with minimal winter rain falls and hot windy summers. The impact in the vineyard was short shoot length unless there was plenty of supplementary water available from underground boars or dams to water vineyards through the winter to get adequate shoot length and bunch numbers and weights. Berry size was small in general therefore the bunches had a high ratio of skin to juice and yields were very inconstant.
“Again, excellent retention of hue; classic McLaren Vale shiraz, but the vintage was more difficult than in ’04 or ’02, the wine not having quite the same fruit definition. Tasted Nov ’05 with the same points.” Drink by: 2015/Date tasted: 04/Mar/2011
93 Points, James Halliday – Wine Companion
Big, warm and velvety, with layers of deep, dark black cherry, plum and spice flavors, hinting at green olive around the edges. Has depth and length, and it should only deepen with time in the cellar. Drink now through 2015. 800 cases made. $55
Issue May 15, 2006
91 Points, Wine Spectator US
Gold Medal, Cincinnati Wine Festival 2006. ****(4 stars) Best of Style,
“It unfolds in the glass beautifully: at first a liquoricey, dense spice slinks around dark plumy/prune characters, with hints of cedar and dark char. The plum becomes more plush and aromatic with time, and fruit mince characters flesh the bouquet. It’s supple and complex, with lovely texture, structure and weight.” Australian Sommelier, Winter 2005
Ulithorne has been rated by James Halliday in his 2005 Wine Companion as one of the “Ten Best New Wineries” of Australia. James Halliday, 2005 Wine Companion, 2005
“An exciting new producer that, surprise surprise, has good use of a single, old, low-yielding, pesticide-free vineyard. This release is big and solid and fragrant, with warm caramel and raisins and vanilla fingering among a long dry sling of almond-cut blackberry. It tastes like an Amarone, sweet and dry, with the high alcohol to match. Stylish. Drink: 2005-2010.” Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
Museum Tasting Review (May 2017)
Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2003 15.3% Cork
Very good colours and looks youthful for its age.
Aged leather, prune stones, plums, roasted marrow bone with a dark Ff oak background with mint which has excellent depth, weight and complexity. For a big dry drought year, this wine has an elegance that is surprising. Probably best to drink now.