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2014 Alpha Crucis Winemakers Series Shiraz Collection

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Imagine getting six of South Australia's top winemakers, give each of them a section of mature Shiraz vines, and ask them to make the best damn wines they could possibly come up with.

Welcome to the 2014 Alpha Crucis Winemaker's Series Shiraz Collection - a McLaren Vale supergroup of six absolutely glorious super premium Shiraz, each with their own individual character.

It all starts with the Heritage Vineyard; a plot located next to the Chalk Hill vineyard in McLaren Vale. From here, each of the six winemakers are offered a few rows to do what they want. Pick the grapes when they want. Make the wine just how they want. Then, once finished and bottled, these six very different wines are brought back together in one case of superstar Shiraz glory!

Packaged in handcrafted wooden cases, and with a handy guide about how each winemaker has approached their wine, this is one of the most intriguing McLaren Vale Shiraz experiments EVER.

These are absolutely stunning wines too and with the scores to match. Just check out this list to see how each Shiraz has gone down with James Halliday for one:

  • Mike Brown (Gemtree) - 96 Points, James Halliday
  • Corrina Wright (Oliver's Taranga) - 95 Points, James Halliday
  • Rebecca Wilson (Bremerton) - 95 Points, James Halliday
  • Tom Harvey (Chalk Hill) - 95 Points, James Halliday
  • Steve Grimley (Ess&See Wines) - 95 Points, James Halliday
  • Peter Schell (Spinifex Wines) - 95 Points, James Halliday

This is a stunning selection of rich and sumptuous South Australian reds, and with packaging so impressive that it would make a mighty impressive gift too. Don't miss out.

Winemaker's Notes

The Winemakers’ Series examines the influence of a winemaker on how a wine may taste. Six winemakers were tasked with making a wine autonomously, in a style of their choosing and sourced from the same vineyard. The winemakers needed to determine several factors; the date of harvest, the technique and method of fermenting and the means of maturing the wine to reflect their individual preferences.

Our goal was to explore how a winemaker would affect a parcel of grapes compared with five of their contemporaries, including whether or not gender may be an identifiable influence. To that end two female and four male winemakers are represented.

As tempting as it may be to rank these wines in terms of quality, this is not the aim of the initiative. Rather, the winemakers’ objective is to make a wine that reflects their winemaking philosophy in a style they find enjoyable.

We encourage you to taste these wines as a set with good friends and family.

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2014 Alpha Crucis Winemakers Series Shiraz Collection

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James Halliday says

Winemaker - Mike Brown

'17yo vines, destemmed, crushed, open-fermented, wild yeast, 16 days on skins, matured in new and used French barriques for 18 months. Ticks all the boxes from the word go, the bouquet promising the balance of fruit and oak that follows on the elegant and long palate. Delivers its message without any self doubt. The most classic of the Alpha Crucis series.'

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Winemaker - Corrina Wright

'17yo vines, de-stemmed and crushed, 3 days cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, basket-pressed to American (25% new) and French (used) hogheads for completion of fermentation and maturation, bottled Aug '15. Medium-bodied, it has warm scents and flavours derived in part from the fruit, and part from American oak. Very good length and a supple finish.'

Winemaker - Rebecca Willson

'17yo vines, crushed, 24 hours cold soak, fermented on skins for 11 days, pressed to used French (75%) and American barriques for completion of fermentation and maturation, bottled Aug '15. Excellent colour; a strikingly complex bouquet is matched by a very full-bodied palate, throbbing with black fruits, pulled into line with the completion of fermentation in barrel..'

Winemaker - Steve Grimley

'17yo vines, de-stemmed, open-fermented for 9 days with a further 7 days on skins, matured in French barriques (20% new). The powerful black fruits of the bouquet and palate are in the same camp as that of Bec Willson; also has a delicious interplay with licorice and a flick of dark chocolate.'

Winemaker - Peter Schell

'17yo vines, de-stemmed, 40% whole bunches, wild-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in French barriques (25% new). Pete Schell plays on the wild side with the alcohol (but is not alone on this) and gets away with it, whole bunches and French oak providing cool breezes - magically ending up with an elegant finish.'

Winemaker - Tom Harvey

'17yo vines, de-stemmed, 3 days cold soak, pressed to new French hogsheads and puncheons to complete fermentation and maturation, bottled Aug '15. One of the most elegant of the group, roughly allied with that of Mike Brown. Obvious, new French oak plays a major role, amplified by concluding the ferment in that oak, a technique I started using in '73 at Brokenwood, then Coldstream Hills (since '85), so I am a biased witness.'

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