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The See Know Evil Preservative Free Shiraz is a wine from Nicholas Crampton that aims to “establish a new benchmark for quality and consistency for Preservative Free Wines”.
The Hilltops Shiraz for this wine was grown on the Barwang vineyard, a vineyard that boasts the oldest vines in the region at 40 years of age.
It was fermented with 30% whole bunches and made its way to bottle without any additions of any kind. Preservative free and very tasty, the 2016 received 91 points from Gary Walsh making it a no-brainer for those looking for easy drinking wines of this ilk.
What It Tastes Like
“As far as preservative free Shiraz goes, this is a very good one. Blackberry, floral perfume, pepper and spice, slight hazelnut and chocolate thing going on too. It’s medium to full bodied, has rich but bouncy, almost jubey black fruit, layers of spice, slightly rugged and grippy tannin, and satisfying spicy boysenberry finish. Has a lot of energy and appeal.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
91 points. “As far as preservative free Shiraz goes, this is a very good one. Blackberry, floral perfume, pepper and spice, slight hazelnut and chocolate thing going on too. It’s medium to full bodied, has rich but bouncy, almost jubey black fruit, layers of spice, slightly rugged and grippy tannin, and satisfying spicy boysenberry finish. Has a lot of energy and appeal.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Made naturally, bottled scientifically – The See, Hear, Speak No Evil wines aim to establish a new benchmark for quality and consistency for Preservative Free Wines through a combination of boutique, small batching winemaking and industry leading, technical ability for preparation and bottling.
Winemaking: Sourced from some of the oldest vines in Hilltops at forty years of age. Hand picked into small bins and chilled before direct transport to the winery. Primarily de-stemmed before a slow, cool fermentation in small open fermenters with 30% whole bunch. No preservatives or additives of any kind. 10% Touriga was blended for additional complexity and structure. Matured on lees in stainless steel before bottling.
2016 Vintage: A wild ride of a vintage with high temperature spikes, heavy rainfall and other wild weather. But most of the excitement occurred early in the season or was of little direct impact before an almost perfect Autumn – warm and dry with cool nights. Vineyards were allow to ripen to perfection and a very successful crop was picked.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
The Speak No Evil wines are made by Nicholas Crampton (Woods Crampton) and Corey Ryan (Sons of Eden). These wines are made with a hands off philosophy, the aim to make great value, delicious wines from organic vineyard with as little intervention from the winemakers as possible.
This is one to watch. The Hilltops in NSW has some huge potential. The high altitude vineyards in this region are producing some of the most epic cool climate Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet on the market at the moment. With a relatively low profile (for now), the value to be had in this area is second to none. But get in quick, the word is getting out and it wont be that way for long. Love yourself the more refined side of Shiraz? The Hilltops is a place you really need to check out.
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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