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.

2009 Sableux Grampians Shiraz

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Sableux is a new wine, originally intended to be two separate single vineyard wines from Garry Rice’s Vineyard (44%) just outside Stawell and Garden Gully vineyard (56%), my two warmest sites and those with the most sandy, light soils. Neither site cropped far above 1 tonne per acre in 2009, And both wines were excellent in their own right, but as a blend they rise to another level. Both parcels were fermented with natural yeasts in open, 500lt oak puncheons with 40% whole bunches for structure and to build aromatics. The new wines rested on gross lees until the blend was assembled after 13 months. The oak regime was 38% new French barriques from Meyrieux and Gillet coopers, the balance older barriques. It was bottled without fining or filtration. So different to Westgate, but very different terroir as well. As it should be.

– Vine Age: approx 40 years
– 14% alc.pH3.52
– Total Acidity 6.5g/l
– 200 dozen produced

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