2016 After Five Wine Co. Single Vineyard Blend (Serata)

$45.00

Sourced from the Stansborough vineyard, we are lovers of blends that bring to life something unique and quite different from any of the single varietals that go into the wine. When we planted Montepulciano and Aglianico alongside the Shiraz the idea was certainly to release single varietals but also with the intention of producing a single vineyard blend.

Why?

Complexity and structure and length, these two varieties deliver these elements, a perfect foil when blended with Shiraz. We think the combination of the Australian and Italian varieties provides an interesting wine with a lot of complexity and style. As such we sought a name for the blend that had roots in the Italian side, and came up with the Italian word Serata which roughly translates into coming together and having a pleasant evening with friends. An appropriate name for an After Five wine.

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Description

Vineyard:
Single Vineyard : Stansborough vineyard. The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay top soil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 2000 and is own rooted, clones are heritage and 1654. The vines are spur pruned to 32-36 buds per vine. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue.

Winemaking:
All three varieties were made and matured in oak separately for 11 months before being pumped out and blended. The Shiraz was matured in 300 lt barrels, 20% new French with the Montepulciano and Aglianico matured in older French oak. Blend percentages were based on aromatic complexity, palate texture and length .

Tasting Notes:
Purple red colour. Aromas of Cherry, rose, liquorice & strawberry. Intriguing palate that show the depth and body of the Shiraz, cherry flavours from the Montepulciano with Aglianico giving rose hints and fine long tannin and welcome natural acidity.

Cellaring:
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 8 years.

Analysis:
Alcohol 13.2%, pH 3.54, TA 5.92g/L, VA 0.65g/L, F/TSO2 31/71, R/S 2.0g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

James Halliday -96 points
Campbell Mattinson – 95 points
Ray Jordan – 94 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 93 points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points
Bronze Medal – Australian & NZ Boutique Wine Show

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