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Peter Graham is one of the rising stars of Beechworth. Doing things right. As Mike Bennie put it, “Classics in the making. Rising high.”
Given wines like this killer release of his Shiraz, it’s no wonder that the compliments are flowing.
Shiraz is grown up and down the Domenica Estate. The fruit comes in in different batches, all are fermented separately to give the most diverse blending options at the end. Slow, closely watched ferments. The best French oak. This wine is taken by the hand every step of the way.
This release is a huge success. It articulates the GI of Beechworth beautifully. The heavy influence of the Shiraz styles of Northern Rhone, clearly evident.
This is wonderful stuff.
What It Tastes Like
This is stunning. So effortlessly powerful. Reminiscent of something from Northern Rhone. Black pepper and blueberry with violet highlights and something almost medicinal strung through. Subtle base note of earth and spice flow long and gracefully through the palate. Tannins are firm and reassuring. It’s the whole package, and boy is it a delicious one.
The shiraz is grown from one end of the site to the other. This means half is on the southern slope of the ridge, and half on the north. Fermennted separately in small batches, the differences are dramatic, and present wonderful blending options.
Two wines are produced, Ergo Sum is the premium label, taking the best barrels, and made with an eye firmly on the style of the northern rhone wines. Most often the south slopes provide the base, producing a powerful, savoury, cool climate wine of complexity and longevity.
Domenica is softer, still powerful, with a deep core of fruit and the structure to live for many years.
Again, both are traditionally made. Whole bunch inclusion is dependant upon the season, up to around 25% of the batch.
The remainder is lightly crushed, destemmed, then taken to an open topped concrete tank, where it usually sits for a few days prior to the commencement of fermentation. This takes about two weeks, with hand plunging the extraction technique employed. Taste and seasonal conditions will determine whether any post fermentation maceration is undertaken, then the wine is basket pressed, blended, and taken to barrel for maturation for around 21 months. The finest French barriques are used, around 25% new. Ergo Sum is bottled under cork closure, and the Domenica under screwcaps.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Peter Graham is a student of the world of wine. His passion for Beechworth and its flagship varieties runs long and deep. Inspired by many of the great wines of Europe, his wines have a classic feel. He farms his patch of land entirely organically but makes no fuss about it believing that great wines should speak for themselves. Quiet and thoughtful, Graham and his low-tech winery produces wines of outstanding finesse and detail.
Beechworth is a small wine producing region with a big reputation. The distinctive terroir in this part of the country produces some of our most iconic wines. If you want serious Chardonnay or Rhone-inspired Shiraz/Syrah, you want to get to know Beechworth. Some of the most powerful cool climate wines in the country hail from here, and some of our future stars are making it their home. The future looks very bright for this champion Victorian region.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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