The text book would no doubt say “don’t do it”. However, I’m listening to the grapes. 11 vintages of Saperavi tells me year after year that this grape variety loves the terroir of McLaren Vale.
|Winemaker's Notes||We continue to lead the (yes, rather modest...) Australian charge with this exotic Georgian grape - after 11 vintages, we can legitimately claim to be the most experienced Saperavi makers in the country. But we’re still learning...|
|Drink||Decant if you can - this Oddball needs time to open up. Cellar with confidence for 4 to 12 years.|
|Bouquet||Dense and intense. Readily evolving in the glass to reveal ever more nuance and complexity. Highly spiced with mustard seed and cumin. Also, treacle, Worcestershire sauce, violet petals, and smoky hickory; all intermingling and ebbing with time in glass.|
|Palate||This all-encompassing palate is monolithic, intense, and dramatic. There is both tension and poise here.|
|Food Match||Succulent Braised Venison – patience slow-cooking rewards in much the same way as patience with cellaring.|
|Analysis||TA: 6.13 g/L, pH: 3.57,, ALC: 15%, RS: <3.5g/L|