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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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