Dune Mingsha Shan Shiraz 2019
- Australia, 750ml
"Raspberries and dark cherries, some boysenberry and plum aromas. Spices and toasty oak with clove and vanilla, some dark wood smoke and dark flower notes. A core of dark berry flavours surrounded by baking spices and toasty wood spices. Dark berries and plums, medium+ acidity and fine easy tannin structure. Balanced and well made" Cameron Douglas
- Winery: Dune
- Varietal: Shiraz, Fiano
- Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
- Vintage: 2019
- Alcohol: 14%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
- Other: Best drinking now through 2027
- Food match: Roast pork & lamb, game meat; stews and Goulash; grilled vegetables; Indian, Korean and Mexican cuisine; softer & creamy cheeses
Producer notes - This little beauty shows the lighter side of McLaren Vale shiraz and features a lifted nose of rosehip, summer berries and black pepper. The palate is spicy with cherry and mulberry fruit, finishing with fine tannin and refreshing acidity. The blend in a Shiraz/Fiano co-ferment component to bring some aromatic lift and freshness to the palate.
St. Dune is a project from brothers Duncan and Peter Lloyd using fruit sourced from a vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale.
Peter and Duncan grew up immersed in a world of wine, olive oil, illegal goats cheese and great food. Both boys worked in kitchens from the age of 13 and developed a love of good food and understanding of wine's role in bringing food to life.
Duncan studied wine making before leaving the area to make wine around Australia and the world from Tasmania, Margaret River, Chianti, Rhone and beyond. He has recently returned to McLaren Vale as he cannot understand why you would want to live anywhere else.
Peter left the area after university and spent time baking bread in different parts of France, shovelling croissants in Paris, making cider in Somerset, and raising Alpacas in Sussex before working in wine distribution in Melbourne for several years. Peter also can't understand why you would want to live anywhere but McLaren Vale which explains his highly irritable nature as he lives in Melbourne.
The approach with St. Dune is not one of minimal intervention. They farm organically (not yet certified) and ferment simply, they don't fine their wines, sulphur is added in minimal amounts (although some wines receive none) and the wines receive a gentle filter prior to bottling. BUT they do intervene, some of their varieties are co-fermented, others are not, the blending process is long and considered. Each wine starts with a style they have in mind and they make the wine according to that style obviously based on the individual qualities of the vineyard. This may involve different pruning techniques, or green harvest or bunch thinning, differing dates for harvest depending on the part of the vineyard, differing treatment of grapes pre ferment, for instance, whole-bunch, de-stemmed, crushed fruit, whole fruit, anyway you get the idea..
- 92/100 Points - Cameron Douglas
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