2018 After Five Wine Co.
Single Vineyard Blend (Serata)


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.

Complexity and structure and length, these two Italian 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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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.

The Shiraz was picked on the 16th February, Aglianico & Montepulciano on the 9th April 2018. The Shiraz fruit was destemmed and lightly crushed (rollers open) to an concrete open fermenter and was seeded with Prelude yeast (Torulaspora delbreuckii). Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards allowing gentle extraction. After 9 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into older French oak. The Aglianico and Montepulciano were both fermented in concrete opens with header boards and on skins for 9 and 10 days respectively. Both were basket pressed to older French oak. After malo all wines were racked, SO2 added and transferred back to oak for 6 months before blending and further maturation for 10 months. No finings or filtration used.

Tasting Notes:
Vibrant colour, aromas of Turkish delight, cherry, plums, licorice and herbs giving so much complexity. Similar fruit flavours appear on the palate with one of the highlights being the evenness and length of the fine tannin, certainly a sign of a bright future for this wine. We feel the Barossa Shiraz adds plushness and fruit sweetness, the Montepulciano adds bright cherry fruit while Aglianico giving the fine tannin and natural acid aiding with the length. This unique blend can be enjoyed now but will reward over many years with careful cellaring.

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

Alcohol 13.5%, pH 3.53, TA 6.11g/L, VA 0.56g/L, R/S 2.6g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal, Barossa Cellar Trophy Chairmans Selection
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
Nick Stock – 93 Points

Previous Vintage Accolades

2016 Vintage
Campbell Mattinson – 95 Points
Ray Jordan – 94 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 93 Points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points
Australian & NZ Boutique Wine Show – Bronze Medal

2017 Vintage
2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
James Halliday – 95 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
Campbell Mattison – 94 Points


“This has a very complex and alluring nose with light pepper, baked blueberry, red plum, dried earth, spice, cedar and some herbal nuances. Flowers, too. The palate offers a very even and seamless delivery of ripe red and dark-berry flavors. Medium to full body. A blend of 51% shiraz, 25% montepulciano and 24% aglianico” – Nick Stock