Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2005
100% Shiraz grapes grown in the McLaren Vale wine region.
Machine Harvested March 2005
Baume at harvest: 14.2
Ferment: Allowed to rise to 30oC then cooled to 25oC
Run off and pressed to complete fermentation in barrel
Malo-lactic in barrel
Aged 18 months in barrel
36% New French Oak, 25% New American Oak, 39% 1 yr old French oak
Bottled – Dec 2006
Release Date – June 2007
Alcohol 14.5% Vol.
TA: 6.96 g/lt
VA: 0.57 g/lt
Wine bottled in December 2006. This Shiraz exhibits a complex nose with notes of spice and raspberry from the ripe fruit and cedar, cigar box from the oak maturation. The palate is long and concentrated with the ripe raspberry fruit showing on the mid palate and the spicy, cigar box oak notes on the finish. The wine has a beautiful complexity with a firm balanced tannin structure that will develop with bottle age.
2005 was more of the same but McLaren Vale did experience some excellent late winter rains to the point that there was wide spread flooding occurred from natural water courses.
The summer however was hot and dry with a beautiful mild autumn with some late summer early autumn rains that freshened up later ripening varieties.
It ended up being a pretty good vintage but dependent on soil profiles, retaining ground soil moisture with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon being the vintage highlights
“Strong purple-red; a medium-bodied palate, with blackberry, plum and a mixture of chocolate and spice; ripe tannins are in balance, as is the oak; overall, supple mouthfeel.” Drink by: 2025 / Date tasted: 16/Mar/2007
94 Points, James Halliday – Wine Companion
“This devastating wine is a wonder to behold. Every single bottle has moved me. These are impressive wines with ever so slightly demonic labels and they grip you, shake you and invade your very core. Nearing full maturity and with leather, pelt, spice and wild berries dancing dementedly on the tongue Frux Frugis gives your taste buds a thorough seeing to and it leaves you reeling.” 100 Best Australian Wines, Matthew Jukes, UK, May 2011.