2016 Violet Hour Shiraz

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2016 Violet Hour Shiraz

from 28.00

"This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections grow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at ant moment we may see the unicorn." - Bernard DeVoto, "The Hour". 

$28.00 in any six (including mixed six-packs)

$30.80 per bottle

Shipping is a flat rate fee of $5 to addresses in metro Adelaide and $15 elsewhere in Australia. 

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Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on our Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. We used whole bunches and extended time on skins, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal additions, aged in older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully. 

WINNER -

BEST SHIRAZ at McLAREN VALE WINE SHOW 2017
BEST SMALL PRODUCER at McLAREN VALE WINE SHOW 2017
BEST SINGLE-VINEYARD SHIRAZ at McLAREN VALE WINE SHOW 2017
BEST SHIRAZ 2016 OR YOUNGER at McLAREN VALE WINE SHOW 2017

92 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: 
"Young and fresh vibe. McLaren Vale shiraz so often burdened by weight, ripeness, acid adjustment, knee jerk to season/climate and oak handling, here finding a brighter, fresher guise. Whole bunch included in the ferment. Of course, from the famed Rayner Vineyard. 

Has a lushness but also sees freshness and vitality amongst the slip of dark cherry, kirsch, clove oak and mocha characters. Great perfume of kirsch, clove, brown spice and mocha too. Texture shows a softness with crisp acidity underlying. Palate is generous, but without sitting thick in the mouth, instead seeing rich fruit flavour, gentle oak seasoning and a coolness and herbal note underlying...Has drinkability and regional character written all over it, anyway. Good stuff here."

2015 Violet Hour Shiraz Reviews: 

95 points Halliday Wine Companion: 

"There must be a bit of magic behind Bondar. All the wines have a certain ethereal quality and none more so than this shiraz. Excellent dark purple-red hue, highly fragrant with dark fruits, savoury spices and remains on a medium-bodied frame - it has plenty of depth. Succulent, velvety tannins, a long finish, seductive and leaves you wanting more." - Jane Faulkner