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Winemaker Steve Crawford likes to do things his own way. Ever in the mood for experimentation, after a light pressing of his Roussanne and Marsanne inspiration struck. Into the Ahren's vineyard Shiraz ferment they go! The white grapes make up only a small percentage of this wine (6%), but it's enough to give this another level of complexity and intrigue. Brilliant biodynamic Vine Vale Shiraz souped up by some very sexy skins. This is a fascinating take on the good ol' Barossa Shiraz.
What it Tastes Like
"High toned floral, fruity, pretty perfume. Get whiffs of stone fruit nectar, blossoms, dark plum, balsamic vinegar, sweet spice. Lots going on. Slurpy textured, sloshes into every nook and cranny of palate, some richness but cut with crunchy acidity to finish off and refresh the palate. Just yum." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
91 points. "Off Wayne Ahrens property in Vine Vale so it’s all biodynamic fruit. Friends are co-fermented marsanne and roussane, ‘blended till when the white dots and red dots look good in the ferment’, says winemaker Steve Crawford. High toned floral, fruity, pretty perfume. Get whiffs of stone fruit nectar, blossoms, dark plum, balsamic vinegar, sweet spice. Lots going on. Slurpy textured, sloshes into every nook and cranny of palate, some richness but cut with crunchy acidity to finish off and refresh the palate. Just yum." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
94% Syrah from the Ahren's Vine Vale property fermented with juicy skins, left over from the Marsanne Rousanne's light pressing. Juicy, spicy, dusty / gravelly tannin. 1080 Bottles Produced Artwork By Loique Allain
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
The Frederick Stevenson project was started as a covert operation, an underground label from Steve Crawford who has a day job at a much bigger, fancy winery. The Vine Vale was his first experiment.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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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