Shiraz Viognier McLaren Vale South Australia
Bloodstone was originally intended for the UK Oddbins retail chain. It turned into a runaway success and went on to claim a litany of international accolades, 5 Cuisine Magazine Stars & Best Buy, as well as Gold & Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco International. A wine that exhibits extraordinary balance and integration in its youth, sourced from Gemtree's home block, within the oldest vineyard along Tatachilla Road. Shiraz is co-fermented with a tot of Viognier to enhance the aromatics, sweeten the palate and tame the tannins.
The Buttery family is dedicated to producing interesting and appealing wines of the highest order from their McLaren Vale vineyards. They are also passionate about sound environmental practises, sustainable agriculture and innovation. They once took a punt and put all their hard earned money into a vineyard on Tatachilla Road at the heart of McLaren Vale. A few years later when the wine industry was struggling, they bought another vineyard with land on the eastern side of the region in the foothills near McLaren Flat and called it Gemtree. Bloodstone is treated to ten days traditional open fermentation before a gentle pressing into French oak barrels for a year's maturation.
Deep red colour, purple black hues. Violets, spicy red currants, plums and raspberry conserve on the bouquet. Just like a great dive, the palate entry is amazing. The front is dominated by plush, intense red fruits infused with subtle notes of liquorice and chocolate fanning across the mid to back. Layers of concentration, focused by balanced acidity and soft tannins, very harmonious. The finish shows a hint of savoury/ biscuit oak spice.