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2020 Brave Souls The Whaler Shiraz
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- Cellar Drink Now - 6 years (2021-2027)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
Julia Weirich in collaboration with the Sons of Eden boys, has produced another superb Shiraz under her Whaler label. Julia is German in heritage but gypsy at heart, having worked all over the world, honing her skills in wineries including Bass Phillip in Australia, Yealands in New Zealand, Le Grappin in Burgundy and Mulderbosch in South Africa. Upon returning to Australia she set about making wine for herself with the help of the well-known dynamic team behind Sons of Eden.
Fruit was sourced from the Barossa Valley (65%) and Eden Valley (35%) with a small portion of whole bunch inclusion. Each vineyard parcel was fermented and matured separately with aging taking place in a range of new and seasoned oak barrels for a period of 14 months.
Opens with magnificent colour, impenetrable inky black heart with a very deep dark purple black hue. Wafting out of the glass are exotic scents of spicy dark plum, liquorice and blueberry which are complimented by vanillin cedar, fennel and pepper. Rich dark plum, liquorice and blueberry fruits have a juicy feel and are underscored by smoky vanillin cedar, spicy fennel and blackpepper characters. Bright acidity underpins the fruit which is backed by a sturdy yet velvet like tannin structure. The long dried herb infused conclusion loaded with succulence.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.