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Vinteloper main man Dave Bowley certainly isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of conventional winemaking, and the Urban Winery Project does just that.
The story in a nutshell, is that he takes all his tools of the trade and plonks them down in an absurdly busy area of a major city. Over the proceeding weeks he takes some locally sourced fruit and makes a wine with locally sourced people, helping educate on the winemaking process and having a great time while they do it.
Bowley intentionally keeps the winemaking details rather secret, preferring instead to concentrate on the final slurpable product, and as Dave puts it, “a wine by the people, for the people.”
What we can tell you is that it is a blend of Shiraz and Malbec, and that it is absolutely delicious. It’s one of those easy-to-love, “one glass is not enough” types of wine. Eye- catching packaging too!
What It Tastes Like
Ripe blueberries and plums and all spice on the nose. Round, juicy, sweet dark fruit on the palate, with some meatiness too. Soft vanillin oak, subtle tannins and a heart-warming finish that leaves you wanting more. Balanced, playful and delicious.
Behind the curtain of winemaking Gather & Tailor Warehouse - West Melbourne. March 2016.
This is a wine by the people, for the people. A blend of the best components of the batches produced at the Urban Winery Project Season 5, held in Melbourne during March 2016.
225 people helped foot stomp, basket press & transfer this wine to oak for maturation, tasting it along the way. Each of them has their names printed on a different bottle, so somewhere out there in the world are 10 bottles with only their name on it.
The mantra of the Urban Winery Project is participation, education (and as well as a healthy dose of emancipation), collaboration. Each year the UWP labels are created for us by artists we love. The label for Red # 4 comes from Sydney artist Lauren Webster (@laurenlostboys).
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
Vineloper, from the Adelaide Hills, is one of the most progressive and exciting wine operations in the country. David Bowley’s wines are current, topical, presented beautifully and most importantly DAMN GOOD DRINKING! His Urban Winery Project brings the winemaking experience to the people of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Bowley embodies everything about the Australia’s young winemaking culture and he is continuously pushing the envelope.
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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