2021 Dune Blewitt Springs Shiraz
Dune is a project of brothers Duncan and Peter Lloyd (next generation Coriole) using fruit sourced from their vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. Blewitt Springs is known for deep sandy soils on yellow clays where Shiraz typically ripens later than other parts of McLaren Vale. It typically produces Shiraz of lifted dark fruit, floral and meaty notes, the tannin is fine yet chalky and the wines are often medium bodied rather than full.
A wonderful fusion of rich fruit, power, opulence and refinement.
Matured in seasoned French oak for 12 months. Impenetrable pitch black colour with a very deep dark purple hue. Sailing out of the glass with impressive intensity are aromas of blackberry, liquorice and dark plum which are interwoven with some smoky vanillin cedar, dried herb and subtle peppered earth notes. Rich, fleshy and deep but not over weight the sumptuous palate is swamped with opulent, blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which overlay a vanillin cedar, subtle scorched earth and peppered herb back drop. Slick and silky in it’s feel it possesses velvety tannins and superb power. Concludes very long, peppery and plush yet fresh and refined.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
A mixture of whole bunches, whole berries and crushed fruit; matured in used oak for 12 months. Dense, deep purple-crimson hue. A full-bodied wine with all manner of dark, if not black, things. Black peppercorns, black licorice, dark chocolate, plum, cherry allsorts and leather old and new ... yet it doesn't taste full bodied, just complex and shapeshifting.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
Interesting thing the Dune wines, all named for certain types of desert, aside this one.
Rich, dark cherry, floral and ferrous, a mint and liquorice thing too. It’s fleshy, but more or less medium-bodied, meaty and ripe, all the silty Turkish coffee tannin, freshness too, blueberries and allspice, with thick tannin and a perfumed finish of excellent length. Excellent. Drink 2022-2029+
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front