First up, let me tell you, I am not a fan of roses. I’m sorry, but I can not bring myself to like them. A few years ago when my wife and I purchased our home, there were heaps of rose bushes around the place. Due to some excavation work, some of them disappeared among the rubble that was carted away. When it came to the others, I thought if I ‘prune’ them level with the ground they will die. How wrong was I?! They grew back and seemed to be better than before I cut them back.
I was reminded of this when I read the notes that came with this wine. The viticulturist at Hastwell & Lightfoot cut some of the vines back to the trunk letting them regrow. I’m sure this practice goes on quite a bit but I’ve not heard of it before. Anyway, from what I’ve read, it has worked a treat for the vines, the fruit and the resultant wine. It seems to me that everyone’s a winner from this process.
For your information, 70% of the fruit which has gone into this wine came from vines that were cut back.
The colour was certainly promising, nose too, with mainly red fruits, a bit plummy and spicy. The palate was a little subdued, but with a bit of coercion, it eventually presented much better. Dark-ish fruits stood out for me, with nice peppery characters and good fruit weight that would keep punters going back for more. It has length too even if it does finish a bit dry. Osso Bucco and this shiraz would make perfect midweek meal partners.
Region: McLaren Vale, SA Price: $25 (good buying) Source: Sample thanks to Hastwell & Lightfoot and Define Wine