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Fall From Grace is a unique project initiated by wine lover/retailer/educator Gill Gordon-Smith in McLaren Vale. She is producing wines with a minimalistic, "Dao-ist" mentality: "following the currents." as Gill puts it. An interesting project on the rise. This Montepulciano spends 80 days on skins inside a 300L clay amphora before being pressed and sent to old oak for a little sleep. This gentle extraction gives the wine soft, slinky tannins and generous, sumptuous fruit whilst keeping it fresh and bouncy. This is a new look McLaren Vale red and if this release is anything to go by, McLaren Vale Montepulciano has got a big future ahead of it.
What it Tastes Like
"Ripe cherries, dark plums, olives, sniff of herbs, choc-liquorice in the evocative, rich perfume. In the palate, fleshy and bright to taste. It’s a delicious, ripe, unctuous mouthful of wine that transports a drinker to a pretty joyous place. It’s a world away from many montepulcianos I know, but it’s happy in glass and happy-making for a drinker seeking ease, freshness, vitality. Go forth." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
90 points. "Gill Gordon-Smith is a McLaren Vale based educator and retailer, who operates and owns the awesome Fall From Grace wine (and other stuff) store in Aldinga. The treasure trove shop is home to local winemaker tasting events, pizza nights, spontaneous music moments and all sorts of curiosities, and is a benchmark for regional wine hubs. Gill has shifted some attention to a local vineyard and has been producing wines using Italian varieties, with natural fermentation, no additions, and whatever equipment she can find (including amphora). A project to watch. Ripe cherries, dark plums, olives, sniff of herbs, choc-liquorice in the evocative, rich perfume. In the palate, fleshy and bright to taste. It’s a delicious, ripe, unctuous mouthful of wine that transports a drinker to a pretty joyous place. It’s a world away from many montepulcianos I know, but it’s happy in glass and happy-making for a drinker seeking ease, freshness, vitality. Go forth." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Picked in full moon on 24/03. 80 days on skins. Vibrant, spicy with lot of red fruit notes. Limestone soil brings nice stony notes and tannin structure, stalky and savoury due ageing on lees. no fining no filtration. This is made in 300 litre clay pots, constructed by a local potter. This ferments, spends 80 days on its skins in the amphorae, and then goes to old oak.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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