I don’t mind a bit of whole bunch action in general and I definitely don’t mind it here. Gives the wines a meatier aspect. More food-like, in a way. It smells and tastes of sap, smoke, cured meats and deep black cherries. Really smart. Lovely to drink. Peppery.
The word ‘umami’ gets thrown around by sommeliers and wine scribes a lot these days, and this wine seems to be the very essence of it, as its aromas and flavours sit well outside the conventional ‘norms’ of shiraz; cold tea, vine sap, bone marrow and much more, become a thickly textured amalgam of spice and food-like flavours on the palate; a style to polarise opinion