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2014 Purple Hands Barossa Valley Mataro Shiraz Grenache

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What a beautifully round and vibrant purple wine this one is, a big dollop of juicy fruit and followed by more fruit. It is a light to medium bodied red of simply joyous fruit. Don't come looking for your typical full bodied red here, just a juicy drink.

Winemaker's Notes

The Mataro and Grenache were hand picked with the Shiraz machine harvested. All parcels were fermented separately allowing each parcel to express themselves before blending. All three varieties were fermented in open fermenters, up to 30% whole clusters were used in the Mataro and 50% in the Grenache with 10% in the Shiraz. Temperatures were allowed to reach 32C in both the Grenache and Mataro, hand plunging was performed 3-4 times daily. After 14 days on skins for the Shiraz, 12 days for the Grenache and Mataro the wines were basket pressed and transferred into older French hogsheads and puncheons to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. The wines were then left on lees to mature for 8 months before careful blending.

Vibrant colour leads to a super bright nose that jumps out of the glass. A complex array of aroma’s entice the nose to come back for more, red berry jubes, earth and spice all show through. The palate is agile and lively with a great balance of fruit sweetness and fine tannin that we think gives you a wine of intrigue, elegance & texture.

Alcohol: 14%

Awards and Accolades

93 Points - Wine Showcase Magazine

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2014 Purple Hands Barossa Valley Mataro Shiraz Grenache

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
A 73/17/10% blend. If the youthful colour is no surprise, the sheer complexity of the wine is a (pleasant) surprise; dark fruits are interwoven with veins of ripe, dusty tannins, putting the emphasis on structure and texture, doubtless ex the mataro. Give it time in the cellar.
By 2034
Wine Companion
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
A 66/21/13% blend, with a deep crimson-purple colour, exceptional for a blend of this nature; no less striking are the luscious flavours of the wine, with a cinnamon and clove backing to the black fruits, the tannins in perfect balance. Great value.
By 2030
Wine Companion
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Has very good colour, and greater depth than normal with this 48/32/20% blend; the bouquet and palate are also well in the leading group, with spicy red and black fruits neatly balanced in their range of flavours, tannins precisely judged. Has thrown down the gauntlet to McLaren Vale.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013

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