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2017 Quandong Farm Shiraz

"The balance is superb, it is fragrant, bright, medium-bodied and delicious." Toni Paterson - The Real Review

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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.

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95/100 James Halliday

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The grapes were biodynamically grown on the estate Quandong Farm vineyard, selectively harvested, 60% as whole berries, 40% as whole bunches, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French oak. The result is a full-flavoured yet elegant medium-bodied wine, with effortless aromas and flavours of dark cherries, plum and blackberries on the farewell.

James Halliday, 2019

Variety: Shiraz
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Quandong Farm
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
Cellaring:

This wine can be enjoyed young, however, careful cellaring for 5–20 years will be rewarded

Vintage:

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.

Vinification:

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.

Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.60
TA: 5.68g/L
Total SO2: 55ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • 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

    -Toni Paterson - The Real Review
  • "Waves of deep and generous medium-bodied fruit flavours, perfectly in sync with oak, invite early enjoyment."

    -John Fordham - The Sunday Telegraph 16/9/2018
  • 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."

    -Mike Bennie 92 points - WBM Magazine Nov/Dec 2018

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Weight 1.33 kg
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Vegan certification and harm to animals before harvest

The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

Greg McFarlane
Vegan Australia
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  • 90pt #BuyOfTheWeekAU @paxtonwines MV Shiraz 2017, McLaren Vale, AUD $22. @TheRealRvw @tpatersonwine #TopValue https://www.therealreview.com/2019/04/18/buy-of-the-week-au-272/
  • The following statement received today from Vegan Australia is consistent with advice we received before labelling our biodynamic wines as “Vegan Friendly”. We do not use animal products in the winemaking process.

Vegan certification and harm to animals before harvest

The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

Greg McFarlane
Vegan Australia
  • Soaking & sealing the new 500 litre puncheons to be used in gracefully barrel aging our beloved 2019 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache.
  • Assistant winemaker Dwayne watches carefully as he tips the 2019 E J Shiraz berries, which have been through the destemmer, into the fermenting tank #paxtonwines #v19 #v19halliday #organic #biodynamicwine #shiraz #100yearoldvines #wineaustralia #mclarenvale #fleurieu #openfermentation

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