2017 VARNEY WINES G.S.M.
$30.00 - $360.00
Grenache - Bush Vine Grenache in Blewitt Springs and Seaview sub-regions, McLaren Vale | Vine age 60 yrs
Shiraz - Clarendon, McLaren Vale | Vine age 22 yrs
Mourvèdre - White’s Valley, McLaren Vale. Vine age 20 yrs
Bush Vine Grenache picked early to retain natural acidity, crushed, cold soaked for 3-5 days. Approx 5% whole bunch, wild carbonic maceration, 14 to 21 days on skins in headed down open fermenters. Pressed to seasoned French Barriques. Matured for 7 months prior to bottling. Contains minimal sulphites.
GRAPE COMPOSITION: 38% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 30% Mourvèdre
PRODUCTION: 206 cases
Acidity: 5.8 g/l | pH: 3.53 | Alc/Vol: 13.9%
93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, Jan 2020
"These Varney wines are so nicely done. Low oak influence, and complexity built via other, most often better means. I was always bemused by the ‘Scarce Earth’ project that McLaren Vale pushed, given the focus on highlighting special patches of dirt, that were invariably swamped with new oak. Strange, but true. Here we have 38% Grenache (Blewitt Springs), 32% Shiraz (Clarendon), and 30% Mourvedre (White’s Valley).
It has that sort of woodsy, mulchy character that often characterises McLaren Vale wines from 2017, though on balance, it works in its favour here. Liquorice, mint, dried herb, squished berries, pepper and spice. Supple tannin, new leather and meat, falling to savoury and saline, though the fruit is enough to go around. Blood orange tang, black olive and dried herb on a solid finish. Earthy and good."