The Story Wines is oddly located in a drab, southern suburb of Melbourne, Australia. There we receive grapes from some fabulous Grampians and Henty vineyards, and turn them into wine. Each vintage there is a new story to tell, and each year our label changes to reflect that story. Small budgets, small vineyards, engaging subjects.

2008 Rice’s Vineyard Grampians Shiraz

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Garry Rice’s Vineyard just outside Stawell is one of the warmer sites in the region. The soil is sandy and light and very hungry with quartz and other rocks flecked throughout. It only ever produces around 1-1.5 tonnes per acre – very low indeed and is 17yrs old. It tends to be harvested about 1-2 weeks earlier than our next warmest site, in the first 2 weeks of March. This wine was fermented with natural yeasts in open, 500lt oak puncheons with 30-40% whole bunches to add complexity to the tannin structure and to build aromatics. It was not racked from barrel until bottling, and 50% of these were new French barrels from the Mercier cooperage. It was bottled without fining or filtration.

– Vine Age: approx 17 years
– 14.5% alc.pH3.50
– Total Acidity 6.9g/l
– 50 dozen produced

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