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2016 Mayford Grapes of Wrath Shiraz

Porepunkah, Alpine Valleys, VIC

An "impeccable" Shiraz born out of difficult circumstances and the amazing generosity of the Victorian wine community. Delicious, meaningful wine!

$32.00

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About

About The Wine

It's such a close-knit community amongst wine growers and makers in North-East Victoria.

When a horrific storm decimated the Mayford vineyard in 2016, local producers came to Eleana and Bryn's rescue.

Peter Bartholomew and Donna Pelka of the Wanted Man vineyard in Heathcote donated some Shiraz, as did Bob McNamara from the Alpine Valleys, a little fruit from the Indigo vineyard in Beechworth also found its way to Mayford. Eleana put the pieces together and the resulting wine is fabulous.

A testament to the resilience of the small wine growers of North-East Victoria. 

Campbell Mattinson rated it 93 points. If you're a Mayford fan, this is great value Shiraz from them with a heart-warming backstory.

About Mayford

Mayford has been a work in progress since 1995, now they are one of the leading producers in the Alpine Valley. Setting the bar high, are Eleana Anderson and Bryan Nicholson. Very high indeed.

They only produce four wines from their bucolic estate; Chardonnay, Shiraz, one of the country’s best Tempranillo and a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet which shows immense promise.

Bryan tends the vines, Eleana makes the wines. From the vine to the bottle, this couple do it all themselves. Small batches of wine with only quality in mind.

A jewel in the crown for the Alpine Valleys and Porepunkah region.

Winemaker Eleana Anderson
Winemaker Eleana Anderson
Porepunkah, VIC
Additional Info

From The Producer

In the lead up to the 2016 vintage a narrow wall of hail crossed over Mt Buffalo to our west and made a beeline for the Mayford vineyard. We lost about half our crop. The destructive power of nature at that moment contrasted starkly to the kindness and generosity extended to us after our loss. Our friends, restaurateur Peter Bartholomew and Donna Pelka, offered a gift of some Heathcote Shiraz from their Wanted Man vineyard. Another friend, Bob McNamara, offered Shiraz from his 30 year-old vineyard in Whorouly at the warmer northern end of the Alpine Valleys and we topped this up with a mixed clonal parcel from Indigo Vineyard Beechworth.

All fruit was hand-picked and cold soaked prior to fermentation with ambient yeasts. Each regional and clonal parcel was fermented and matured separately then blended in early spring and returned to barrel. Barrel maturation was in French barrique with 15% new oak from a range of French cooperages for eleven months. This svelte and supple blend of Shiraz from some of Victoria’s finest cool climate regions reflects the altruism that exists in our winegrowing community Drink 2019-2029.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.90%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

Eleana Anderson
Eleana Anderson
Porepunkah, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
The Wine Front

"The word impeccable almost always springs to mind when tasting/drinking a Mayford wine and it does again here. This is ripe and (sweetly) berried but it’s manicured and neat too; its flavours feel as though they’ve been carefully placed, one by one. Blackberry, clove, plum, graphite, gum leaf and a bright redcurrant-like character. Smoky oak has been judged to perfection. Spice and floral notes hover. Not a big wine in any way but perfectly presented and a pleasure to drink as a result." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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