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 “Wilderness” Grampians Shiraz

Cellar Door

Another Warm Year. The harvest dates were a few days earlier than those in 2007, there was little to no frost and yields were medium sized. Berry sizes were very small, indicating rich colours and tannins. This year we used all natural yeasts which gave slower, more gentle ferments. We also began using wooden fermenters along with our regular food-grade polyethylene ones, to provide more rounded tannins. We used only 10% new French oak, to create supple, less drying wines and to let the natural fruit and ‘mineral’ aromas shine through. Fruit from another vineyard was added to the blend this year. Sourced from a vineyard where the climate is much cooler and ripening is not until the very end of April, which enables intense pepper and high-toned aromas in this blend and lower alcohol levels also. The final blend comprises Westgate Vineyard Young vines 42%, Garden Gully Vineyard 40%, Rice’s Vineyard 10% and Henty Estate Vineyard 8%.

– Vine age: approx 29 years
– 13.5% alc.pH3.49
– Total Acidity 6.5g/l
– 560 dozen produced

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