2016
Small Gully
'Mr. Black's Little Book'
Shiraz
South Australia

2016
Small Gully
'Mr. Black's Little Book'
Shiraz
South Australia

Ever wonder about one person’s secrets that are safely stowed away in a ‘little black book?’ Well that is the idea behind Small Gully’s ‘Mr. Black’s Little Book’ Shiraz. Sourced from prized vineyards (that Stephen's partner is involved in, thus the 'house discount') in the northern part of the Barossa and the Adelaide Plains. This is a blend of 61 year old fruit from Zippy’s Block in the Barossa Valley and Robert’s Vineyard in the Adelaide Plains.

Very little intervention is used in making this wine. The fruit is picked according to taste when Stephen feels that it’s at its optimal ripeness. The fruit is then destemmed and crushed and left to start fermenting which is done without inoculation. The wine is pressed off gently and then goes into barrel where it goes through maloactic fermentation. Is Stephen the originator of 'natural wine?' You be the judge!

Red and black berry notes with underlying black pepper, smoked bacon, and hints of tar and star anise. Medium to full-bodied with well rounded tannins and a fresh line of acidity. Well structured with great length.

  • Region: South Australia
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Zippy's Block (Barossa Valley) - Robert's Vineyard (Adelaide Plains)
  • Vine Age: Average: 60 years old
  • Yield: 3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Deep Brown Loam & Heavy Clay
  • Oak: 18 months in neutral French & American barrique
  • Production: 8,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
BAROSSA VALLEY

With a rich history dating back to 1847, a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions of South Australia and, indeed, Australia. The region is now rightly asserting not only its importance to the wine industry but the inestimable value of its storehouse of century-old vines and historic wineries. Learn More »

SMALL GULLY VINEYARDS

BAROSSA VALLEY

Established in 1999, Small Gully was founded by vignerons, Robert Bader and Darren Zimmermann and winemaker Stephen Black. In 2002 a winery was built at Darren's Marananga property, situated in a 'small gully' on Roennfeldt Road, Greenock in the Barossa Valley.  Learn More »

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