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2013 130% ‘Smoke on the water’ Shiraz

Magnum Only

Working title was ‘130%’ but every time I looked at the wine it reminded me of the colour purple, DEEP PURPLE!

100% Whole bunch and stalks of single clone of Shiraz fermented together, nothing added but everything gained!

Foot stomped after 1 month to finish fermentation, drained into used 500L French oak puncheon without SO2.

Crushed graphite rock on opening, deep powerful purple fruits, smoked deli small goods and spice, closed and not giving. Needs time to open up but with air then fruit begins to shine and what beautiful fruit it is, followed by floral high notes of violet and dried roses, super fine tannin that are long and intense but at the same time fresh and alive. Super youthful and cheeky.

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Wine Review

It’s made from shiraz and the label lets you know, creatively (styled like a record), that it is from clone 2626 and picked 07.03.2013. The 130% is a curiosity too, ‘I wanted to go more than 100% whole bunch’, says winemaker Adam Foster, quizzically, ‘I had three tonnes of this one clone of this shiraz, I destemmed two tonnes, then put those stems in with the remaining one tonne of 100% whole bunch, so the working title became 130%’. It sort of works. Foster winks.

‘The whole way through it I kept thinking smoke, graphite, intensity, power, and the Deep Purple song Smoke On The Water, that riff, kept running through my head’, continues Foster. The wine is bottled only in magnums; half of the three tonnes of production was blended back into Syrahmi Shiraz 2013.

‘The whole way through it I kept thinking smoke, graphite, intensity, power, and the Deep Purple song Smoke On The Water, that riff, kept running through my head’, continues Foster. The wine is bottled only in magnums; half of the three tonnes of production was blended back into Syrahmi Shiraz 2013.

Big, heady perfume hit of wet slate, dust, briar, sarsaparilla. It’s all wild, savoury, animal-like. Growls from the glass. Punches into the palate with stones, rugged dark fruit, racy acidity, but still holds a dart-like shape, screeching and skidding long through the mouth to a pointy, pinching finish. Gnarly and chewy. Deeply flavoured. Gentle sweetness in the savoury and rocky vein. Tannins for days. Strap yourself in, this is pretty wicked.

94+ Points
Mike Bennie, Wine Front