Quandong Farm Shiraz is a single vineyard wine that aims to highlight the intensity and brightness of fruit grown using biodynamic techniques. Our farming practices are designed to produce wines of intensity, but also with layers of texture, flavour and interest for the consumer. We think this wine exhibits these characteristics and provides both concentration and flavour and a certain delicacy, rather than simple raw power.
95/100 James Halliday
95/100 James Halliday
James Halliday, 2019
|100%:||Organic | Biodynamic|
|Colour:||Vibrant red and purple hues|
|Aroma:||A fragrance lift of red berry fruits, snow peas and broad beans, raspberry liquorice and a delicate dusting of cinnamon spice|
|Palate:||Medium bodied wine with plum, blueberry and cherry fruit characters. A carbonic maceration and wild fermentation influenced viscosity on the mid palate with a touch of French oak and cinnamon spice balanced with silky tannins|
This wine can be enjoyed young, however, careful cellaring for 5–20 years will be rewarded
2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale. We had an extremely wet winter and our vineyards reached full saturation point. Spring brought very consistent fruit set and flowering. The rain continued throughout summer and mild days with cool nights allowed for a slow ripening season. These conditions resulted in fragrant whites with lower acidity, and elegant reds with very attractive primary fruit flavours and lower alcohols.
The grapes were hand picked and selector harvested at optimum flavour and sugar equilibrium. 40% of the harvest was used as whole bunches while the remainder was delicately destemmed and fermented using 100% indigenous (wild) yeast . The small batch ferments were carefully plunged and pumped over for 14 days to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. The ferments were pressed to new and mature French oak barriques, where they were nurtured for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.
91/100 - "Firstly, I adore the texture. It is open, velvety and supple with balanced acidity and tannin. Secondly, I love the freshness that the whole bunch fermentation gives the wine. And thirdly, the balance is superb. It is fragrant, bright, medium-bodied and delicious. 1/9/2018
"Waves of deep and generous medium-bodied fruit flavours, perfectly in sync with oak, invite early enjoyment."
90/100 - Silver Medal 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
92/100 - "An honest to goodness McLaren Vale Shiraz that should captivate enthusiasts of the region. Opens with earthy notes, red and black berries, currants, mocha. The palate is lightly gritty with tannin in the most appealing way."