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2018 Dune Desert Sands Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

Single vineyard, low-yielding, intensely concentrated McLaren Vale Shiraz.  The top of the tree for Dune.

HIGH SCORE

$50.00

DISPATCHED NEXT BUSINESS DAY
About
Yes. A real pedigree here. Classy stuff.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

A more classic McLaren Vale red here from a producer better known for its innovative takes on the region.  And it's a ripper!

It comes from an extremely low-yielding parcel of Shiraz fruit on Dune's Blewitt Springs vineyard.  It's open-fermented and matured for 12 months in 10% new oak, ensuring vitality and freshness along with the sheer power and richness of what is excellent fruit.

A power-packed McLaren Vale Shiraz, great either now with some air or certainly with time in the cellar.

About Dune

Duncan and Peter Lloyd are the latest generation of Lloyds (of Coriole fame) to make wine in McLaren Vale.

Growing up immersed in the hotbed of food and wine culture that is McLaren Vale, the boys have now partnered up to start their own wine project with a stunning vineyard in Blewitt Springs as the centrepiece.

The grapes are farmed organically, the wines are made with a gentle touch, but rather than let the 'minimal intervention' philosophy hem them in with dogma, the boys are free to tinker and blend as they see fit.

These are fantastic, energetic wines that have set a cracking pace with only a few vintages under the brand's belt. Keep your eyes peeled for what's next for the brothers Lloyd.

The Dune vineyard
The Dune vineyard
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Single vineyard, Blewitt Springs, 1 tonne to the acre.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.1%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Duncan and Peter Lloyd at the blending bench
Duncan and Peter Lloyd at the blending bench
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"The yield was less than 1t/acre, open-fermented, matured for 12 months in 10% new oak. The one-piece cork suggests some of the wine is headed a long way north. It's hard to separate the intensity, acidity, fruit and tannins - don't waste valuable drinking time." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

93Points
The Wine Front

"Slick and concentrated, wonderful slippery feel and silky but firm tannins helping everything along. Scents of lathed wood, dark berries, salted plums, flavours plummy, salty, spicy, dark chocolaty. Yes. A real pedigree here. Classy stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

93Points
JamesSuckling.com

"This is such a delicious shiraz with a pristine nose of dark cherries, plum liqueur and chocolate. Such a silky palate with smooth-honed, fine tannins that run fresh and long, carrying essence-like dark-plum and berry flavors. Drink or hold." - JamesSuckling.com

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

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Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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