Black Blood II

Church Vineyard Shiraz 2021

Three truly unique Shiraz wines where everything has been kept as consistent as possible, picking dates, winemaking approach, oak regime and maturation. The only thing that is different is the terroir each wine comes from.

Church Vineyard, so named for the old Bethany Church that it surrounds on three sides, was once the bed of an ancient river. Whatever the flows in the past may have been, this river now trickles quietly along the base of the block. You can taste its mark in the generosity of fruit that typifies this wine.

Vegan friendly

🏆 94 points - The Real Review
Very deep, bright, red-purple colour; very ripe blackberry fruits backed with stylish, balanced oak and hints of aniseed and eucalyptus. Full bodied, powerful, dense and rich, with great depth of flavour and volume turned up to 10. Ample soft, fine tannins. Long carry. A very smart wine of a gutsy style.

Winemaker's Notes

There’s never enough wine from this block; the phenomenally plush mid palate is useful in almost any Shiraz blend. For me this fruit is truly at the heart of the Vale – both geographically and deliciously.

Bouquet & Palate

Iodine and earth. A rusty sword drawn from a block of granite. Coal-smoke-sweet, demerara sugar, tobacco leaf. Fresh fennel, pomegranate, cherry and strawberry compete for attention. Sweet red fruit and char. Violets and vanilla. Fire-engine licorice tearing up the bitumen. Satisfying bright finish.

Food Match

Chinese Roasted Plum Duck