2013
Red Heads Studio
'Barrel Monkeys'
Shiraz
McLaren Vale

2013
Red Heads Studio
'Barrel Monkeys'
Shiraz
McLaren Vale

Every great winemaker starts as a ‘barrel monkey’, dragging hoses, clambering over barrel stacks, digging out and scrubbing the tanks. At the pioneering RedHeads Studio, their true genius is unleashed each vintage on some of the greatest fruit South Australia has to offer.

This wine is a celebration of all those newly qualified talents, who came first to our McLaren Vale studio, to try their hand at making tiny batch, experimental wines in primitive, garage-like conditions … and made some terrific one-off prize winners.

This wine really plays to the strengths of RedHeads – each year, the best parcels are selected. Dan and the team try not to tie themselves to one grower or one area, but search out where Nature has been most magnanimous in her gifts of good weather and where growers have made full use of what she has bestowed. For 2013, that meant fruit from cooler, coastal Willunga and Sellicks close by. What is guaranteed each year is richness of fruit and real power.

Deep purple-toned crimson. Brooding aromas of dark red fruits (plums and mulberries) with the sweet scent of cedary oak. Liquid velvet with spicy blackberry and raspberry power, finishing on notes of smoky licorice, generously wrapping a framework of rounded tannins.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 100% Shiraz
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Vineyard: 4 Parcels: One in Sellicks Beach & One in Willunga
  • Vine Age: Average: 30 years old
  • Yield: 2-2.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Sellicks Beach (White & Brown Sand) - Willunga (Brown Loamy Clay)
  • Oak: 14 months in 50% French & 50% American hogshead of which 20% is new
  • Production: 2,500 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 »

RED HEADS STUDIO

MCLAREN VALE

You'll recollect the beginnings: young Flying Winemakers doing the European Vintage, whinging that, back home in Oz, they had no freedom to make the wines they wanted to. Wineries there just kept getting bigger and fewer and being junior winemaker on a big team making a mega-brand was just plain...f-ing boring. Learn More »

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