Ulithorne UNICUS Shiraz 2015

UNICUS [Latin] One of a kind, unique, Single Vineyard.

VARIETAL: Shiraz

Hand picked, hand plunged, the Unicus Shiraz 2015 was created from a special parcel of Shiraz fruit that just could not be ignored, from one of our preferred growers in McLaren Vale. When we see and taste exceptional, one of a kind fruit, then it excites us to pick, take care of and bring to your glass, an exceptional wine.

Tasting Notes Dark berries, licorice and some spiciness (cloves), with some violets & cassis. Rich dark berry fruit on palate, with blackcurrant, licorice, spices and cedary oak. Good complexity. Fine tannins, balanced palate with very good length.

Vintage 2015 came early and we were hand picking the first of our vineyards in the first week of February. The fruit advanced through ripening in late Spring, after a longer than usual flowering period. A cooler January allowed the fruit to hang through the cool phase and build in flavor and ripeness. As soon as the sun warmed up the ground and surrounding air again in early February, the vines built final ripeness and the berries hung ready for picking. It was very dry through the months of vintage, which required some small amounts of additional watering by our growers of some of the Blewitt Springs sandy soil vineyards. The Shiraz was particularly pretty this vintage – full of spice, vibrancy of colour, great tannin balance and extended length of the fruit on the palate. This vintage showcases the generosity of flavour, and liveliness that good quality Shiraz brings to the palate.

Reviews

“One of a kind” is the Latin, which translates to a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. This is a sensual goddess of a wine, with a body of toned muscle, and power rippling and extending to all parts of the mouth. It’s a pleasure to taste and a privilege to drink. 96 points and for those who have it, well worth $75. If it came from the Rhone it would have a 1 after $ and before 7.” The KEY REPORT

Deep, dark, slightly black/tawny tinged colour. The bouquet is subdued and earth-bound, with savoury and not fragrant aromas. Hints of ironstone. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with solid structure and excellent ripeness. Big and generous with abundant ripe tannins and a sense of gravitas. Excellent wine for the long term. 28/5/2017″ 95 Points, Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com

“It is gloriously expressed on the nose showing dark fruit, chocolate, cedar and roasted beetroot characters with nuances of vanilla and floral. The palate is powerful and graceful at the same time, offering excellent concentration and weight, brilliantly enhanced by rich fruit intensity and velvety texture. Wonderfully composed and superbly structured. At its best: now to 2027. 95 Points” Wine Orbit NZ