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.

2010 Rice’s Vineyard Grampians Shiraz

Cellar Door

Rice’s Vineyard, our warmest site on poor sandy soils just east of Stawell, fared exceptionally well in a cooler year, and showed excellent natural tannin, colour and aroma as soon as fermented. Open, 500lt oak puncheons and a 1 tonne open pot were used, and 40% whole bunches retained for structure and to build aromatics. The new wines rested in barriques, only 25% new to focus on fruit expression, for 12 months. Again, It was bottled without fining or filtration. This is probably the best parcel yet from the vineyard, and the wine shows a complex, spicy, meaty, and floral bouquet. Acidity is low, and the emphasis is on texture, the tannins building gently yet firmly through a long finish. It should age gracefully in a cool cellar, but it’s pretty darn gluggable already.

– Vine Age: approx 17 years
– 13.2% alc.pH3.77
– Total Acidity 5.7g/l
– 140 dozen produced

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