2017
Boxhead
Shiraz
South Australia

2017 
Boxhead
Shiraz
South Australia

After 12 years, it was time for Boxhead to get a facelift, literally and figuratively. The new packaging may be the first thing you notice though don't forget what's in the bottle. The bright acid of the 2017 vintage in South Australia really brings a 'pretty' note to a 'commercial' wine. This wine flat out has layers...lots of them.

All parcels were crushed, destemmed and left on skins for approximately 15 days during primary ferment. The parcels were then pressed and kept separate for malolactic fermentation. As noted prior, 2017 was a simply kickass vintage that had ideal ripeness and natural acidity. Fruit set started late but the growing season just kept going, while sugars crept. It was a marvelous harvest for ideal yields and cluster conditions.

Fresh. Lots of fruit but with a lithe touch and feel. Blueberries, violets, spice and toasted pumpernickel with a touch of licorice. It is fruit-driven but by no means boring. There is a brilliant savory side to this wine, especially on day two. Hard to believe that there are this many things to write about a wine at this price point, but you must taste it to believe. It finished bright and long. Ever so fresh and definitely an 'any day of the week' wine.

  • Region: South Australia
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Vineyard: Two Sites in McLaren Vale + One Site in Adelaide Plains + One Site in Barossa Valley
  • Vine Age: Varied
  • Yield: Varied
  • Soil Type: Varied
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Oak: 12 months: 80% Stainless Steel - 20% neutral American barrique
  • Production: 5,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

BOXHEAD WINEMAKERS

MCLAREN VALE

Research suggests a collaboration between square shaped skulls and the production of the finest produce. The squarer the head, the better the wine. But why so many boxhead wine makers in the wine growing regions of South Australia? A defective gene has mutated over the generations, pumping brain-altering chemicals into the air for pure government global domination. We may never know, but what we do is this; these wines are delicious and represent great value! Learn More »

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