2019 The Story Grampians Shiraz

Highly Rated
Red blooded Shiraz - hearty and heart-warming from Rory Lane. 97 points and Top 100 - James Halliday.

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This Shiraz comes from vines with an average age of 35 years, planted on three vineyards in and around the Grampians.

It's a wine of rare beauty at this price-point. Calling all lovers of cool-climate Shiraz - this one is for you.

If you are a fan of the wonderful wines from this part of the world, you will not find better value than this. Spicy, blue-fruited, silky and smooth, this is the goods.

The wine is a blend of a couple of different sites south of Great Western – notably Westgate Vineyard (51%, 50 year old vines) Hyde Park Vineyard (39%, 21 year old vines) and 10% Grenache from Arawatta Vineyard. All fermented separately using indigenous yeasts, some ferments whole bunch, some destemmed for a final whole bunch of 40%. The ferments are typically pressed at around 18-21 days and matured in older French puncheons and barriques. The wine was matured in barrel for 11 months, bottled just before the following harvest without fining or filtration, as is usually our way. The wine has great impact and density, but real light and shade. I think it will age for a long time.

97 Points - "Has built on its layers of savoury/spicy cool grown shiraz flavours over the past year, adding weight and depth but without compromising its freshness. The lingering aftertaste is special, with sparklets of blackberry and blackcurrant. Oh, and vigneron Rory Lane has a degree in ancient Greek literature." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Story

Rory Lane, the main man at The Story, didn't have an entirely conventional path to the wine world. With a degree in ancient Greek tragedy, comparative literature, and politics, he stumbled into winemaking and found he had more than a knack for it.

Since 2004, he's been tinkering with predominantly Rhône varieties in the Grampians, turning out some unique expressions from this Shiraz-heavy region. His winery is located in the city suburbs of Melbourne, not your typical winery setting, but it suits him down to a tee.

Rory's winemaking philosophy is to keep it relatively simple and hands-off. Grapes arrive, get gently processed, and then are left to their own devices with minimal interference. No additives, no excessive tinkering. Just good, solid, classic winemaking producing some exceptional value wines.

Winemaker Rory Lane The Story

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