Queen of the Hive Red Blend
2020 Red Blend
McLaren Vale, South Australia
48% Grenache, 46% Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon & Mataro. Aged in French oak. Colour: crimson red. Aroma: strawberries, blood plums, orange peel & liquorice root. Palate: soft & mellow, poached rhubarb & Kakadu plum. Cellar: 5 years.
The Queen of the Hive produces the bees that have a vital role in maintaining natural balance & eco-health in our world. Bees keep plants & crops alive through pollination & without bees, humans would struggle to survive. Bees only survive & thrive in chemical free environments, hence why our certified biodynamic, estate vineyards in McLaren Vale are home to so many bee hives & their powerful, tireless Queens. To all the Queens we salute you! Biodynamics is the most advanced form of organic farming that uses natural preparations to bring the soil & vine into balance. This is a modern Vale red that blends predominantly Shiraz & Grenache to give harmonious, medium bodied, soft and juicy mouth feel with hints of cinnamon, plum & cherries finished with silky elegant tannins.
- Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Sub Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Vintage 2020
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Red Blend
- Variety Composition
Organic | Biodynamic
- Vegan Friendly ✔
- Organic Wine ✔
- Volume 750ml
- Alcohol Volume 13.5%
- Standard Drinks 8
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- Vintage Notes
2020 posed many challenges throughout Australia. Another intense drought year through the growing season was followed by one of the most devastating bushfire seasons this country has ever seen. Fortunately McLaren Vale was largely unaffected by this devastation and the early signs indicate 2020 to be a very special vintage; one to savour. Moderate weather throughout the harvest period, combined with lower yields allowed the flavours to develop harmoniously and in balance. Varietal expression was excellent with the wines showing intense flavour without excessive tannin or alcohol. Tempranillo and Graciano are showing lovely bright fruit and pepper characters and it will be intriguing to see how they develop after time in bottle.
- Vineyard Notes
Native gooseberries picked under the watch of a hungry cockatoo, luscious blood plums, tangerine jelly and roasted fennel seeds.
Light and slippery on the palate this wine washes down like riding on the Super Ripper slide at Wet n Wild. At the end of the slide you’re enveloped with the warm hug of a Kakadu plum crumble. Finishing super smooth this is an easy drinking fresh style that suits the modern wine lover.
- Peak Drinking / Cellaring Potential
GOOD: Now BETTER: Christmas 2022 MAX: 2025 Cellar up to 5 years
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Selected batches of Shiraz, Grenache, and a sprinkling of Cabernet and Mataro were fermented and aged separately in small French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. A living and breathing, biodynamic wine.
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