Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2008

Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2008

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

Technical Notes 
Machine Harvested 15th March 2008
Baume at harvest: 14.6
Ferment: Allowed to rise to 30oC then cooled to 25oC
Run off and pressed to complete fermentation in barrel
Malo-lactic in barrel
Aged 21 months in barrel with 5% addition of 2007 Shiraz.
20% New American oak, 10% one year old French oak, 20% two year old French oak, 50% two year old American oak
Bottled – January 2010 Release Date – August 2011

Analysis
Alcohol 14.85% Vol.                         
pH: 3.39
TA: 6.84 g/lt                                       
VA: 0.72 g/lt  

Tasting Notes
This Shiraz wine exhibits spice and ripe berry lift with oak notes of vanilla and clove. The palate is concentrated with ripe spicy flavours and underlying ripe berry fruits. The finish is long with firm concentrated tannins that will benefit from careful cellaring, the wine softening and gaining in complexity.

Vintage Observation
2008 was a vintage of two parts. The early ripening varieties, primarily old vine shiraz was outstanding to spectacular. Fourteen days for 40c + days cooked everything

Reviews
“Strong red-purple; a left field combination of dark fruits on the one hand, and a spicy/savoury bitter chocolate twist on the other; certainly complex and long, but difficult to read.” Drink by: 2023 / Date tasted: 06/Mar/2010
91 Points, James Halliday – Wine Companion

Museum Tasting Review (May 2017)
Ulithorne Frux Frugis 2008     15%.                Screwcap
Dark and chunky on the noise yet quite poised and polished through the palate. For a difficult year, its showing far better than the reputation of the year due to the fact of the vineyard location and its early ripening attributes which play a huge advantage for a year such as this.