It is really hard to believe that this is the 10th edition of this truly special blend of vine-ripened Shiraz and Petit Verdot. The original blend was almost discovered by accident when sloshing an informal sample of both in a glass, standing out in a stunning display of symbiotic partnership. It was simple – they just complimented each other.
The Shiraz for its mid-palate core richness and mouth-filling dark berry depth, and the Petit Verdot for its acid structure, dark color, and ‘plummy-violet’ aromatic profile.
Petit Verdot is definitely the dominant character pound for pound – such an overlooked, wonderful variety capable of blending with the harmony of a ‘merlot-on-roids’ and having this distinct character of unyielding time-resistant acid and tannin, saturated color, and merlot ‘plummy-ness’ that had me at first sight.
It was the one barrel of ‘leftovers’ after pressing the first Shiraz and Petit Verdot in 2008. It just stood out, and every time I wanted a drink of something when I walked into the winery, I couldn’t wait to try it again.
They were going to be separate bottlings, but then I played around with them and decided ‘NO!’ I know blends are a harder sell, but this wine is superb, and it’s unique, and it will age, ticking a box for me, leaving a legacy of satisfaction and ‘hopefully’ admiration for a blend that makes a generation adoring of a wine that stands out on its own.
Some people will say that it rings of ego. It really wasn’t for me. All I ever wanted to do, knowing my job as a winemaker was to make drinkers and lovers of wine happy and desirous to drink it – no blubbering adoration, esteem, or fame.
That’s why I avoid sending wine to reviewers now – it’s irrelevant and unnecessary and actually mars the experience for me – and such an undesirable manufactured prostitution.
Just happiness – to drink, smile, and enjoy getting jolly with friends, family, and loved ones as a portrait of what I enjoy about making wine the most. Seeing people happy.
It’s what this 10th Anniversary Special Edition of my Shiraz Petit Verdot means to me – your enjoyment.
Thank you to my loving family for the support and sacrifice I keep hidden but am acutely reminded of every day.