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2017 Nick Spencer Gundagai Dry Red

Gundagai, NSW

Nick Spencer's modern take on a classic old-school Aussie Claret.

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About
2017 was a superb vintage... 

Nick Spencer, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

One of Nick Spencer's most formative experiences in wine was the 2011 Len Evans Tutorial where he had the rare opportunity to sample some of the worlds most famous wines under exam conditions. 

Amongst the flights of DRC and First Growth Bordeaux, Nick says the wines that moved him most were the great old Australian red wines of the 1960s and 1970s. These were blended wines, with a house style the primary focus rather than the emphasis on regional or varietal wines which is so prevalent in Australian wine today.

The Gundagai Red is Nick's attempt to bring that old blended philosophy into the modern day. It's a wine that shows ripe blue fruit characters, a vibrant nose of violets and spice and silky decadent tannins which should see it mature nicely over the medium-long term.

About Nick Spencer Wines

Nick Spencer made a name for himself after a hugely successful decade-long stint as chief winemaker at Eden Road, before deciding in 2017 to take the plunge and start his very own label.

The Nick Spencer wines are, like Eden Road's, focused on the regions of the NSW High Country, in particular, Tumbarumba and Gundagai.

With Nick's access to some of the region's best fruit, his wines are all about balance, style and drinkability, with Nick's stamp of quality on top. Tiny volumes made and an exciting producer to watch out for!

Winemaker Nick Spencer
Winemaker Nick Spencer
Gundagai, NSW
Additional Info

From The Producer

VINEYARD

SOURCED FROM TWO MATURE VINEYARDS LOCATED JUST SOUTH OF THE TOWNSHIP OF GUNDAGAI, THE FRUIT IS BURSTING WITH FLAVOUR CULTIVATED IN THE RICH ANCIENT VOLCANIC RED SOILS. 

WINEMAKING

THE WINE IS MADE UP OF AN EXQUISITE BLEND OF 58% SHIRAZ, 31%, TEMPRANILL0 6.5% AND CABERNET SAUVIGNON 4.5%

THE FRUIT WAS DE-STEMMED AND FERMENTED IN SMALL OPEN FERMENTERS FOR APPROXIMATELY 10 DAYS ON SKINS. ONCE DRY, THE FRUIT WAS PRESSED, SETTLED AND RACKED TO FRENCH OAK PUNCHEONS (10% NEW).

THE WINE WAS MATURED IN OAK FOR ALMOST 12 MONTHS BEFORE BEING BLENDED TO TANK. THE WINE WAS THEN BLENDED AND BOTTLED IN FEBRUARY 2018.

Blend : Shiraz (58%), Touriga (31%), Tempranillo (6.5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (4.5%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

One of Nick
One of Nick's beautiful vineyard resources
Tumbarumba, NSW
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Nice lift of blackberry, blueberry and violet with something like sweet licorice bullets. Slick and spiced though the mouth, has some nice backend Cabernet tannins. Slight bloody note and some iodine and raspberry. It's medium to full bodied, slinky smooth and damn easy to like. - Different Drop Wine Team

94Points
The Wine Front

"It’s floral and nutty, with a dusting of pepper over blue and purple fruit, and for me, some ouzo/aniseed and a little Play-Doh kind of deal. Medium-bodied, enough fruit, but more to nutty/ferrous in flavour rather than simply fruity. Tannin has a fine chalk dust texture, along with clean and balanced acidity. Some cherry/boysenberry pie with spicy crust in the aftertaste, along with that gentle drag of tannin on good solid finish. A wine of polish and finesse, and an added dimension of interest in its blend of grape varieties. Nice one, Nick." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"This is an exceptional blend - 50% Shiraz, 31% Touriga, with splashes of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Excellent dark crimson; heady aromatics of dark fruit, Middle Eastern spices, warm earth, and flint. The just-medium-bodied palate is an exercise in restraint with fine tannins and fresh acidity, and it leaves such an impression. Beautifully modulated and delicious." James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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Warehouse Pickup Due to some restrictions on our warehouse lease agreement and COVID concerns we are no longer offering Warehouse Pickup as an option and will be delivering all orders moving forward. Delivery is free (for orders over $149) and fast so please select one of our great delivery options at checkout. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this change! The Different Drop Team.

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FaQs
Do I have to order in dozens?

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Does Different Drop have a physical store?

No, not really. More of a warehouse/office. We do however offer a Click & Collect option from our warehouse in Ultimo, Sydney. Our warehouse address for Click & Collect is: F5A, 42 Wattle St, Ultimo, 2007

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