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Paralian Wines Blewitt Springs Shiraz - McLaren Vale

Paralian Wines Blewitt Springs Shiraz 2019 - McLaren Vale

Vintage: 2019 | Type: Reds | Producer: Paralian Wines
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14.0%
Closure: Screw cap
Bottle size: 750 ml

The Wine Front
James Halliday Wine Companion

$41.40: as part of any six
$46.00: single bottle
$496.80: per case of 12

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Single Vineyard Shiraz, fruit sourced from ‘Springs Hill Vineyard’, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale grown by the Whaite family 

Dry Grown, on Maslin Sand, East/West aspect 205-210m altitude. 

A vineyard we both have worked with in previous roles and one we were instantly drawn to for our Shiraz. 2019 is our second release of this single vineyard wine.  

Hand-picked fruit, fermented in a 131-year-old wax lined concrete open fermenter, 25% whole bunch (foot trodden for tannin extraction from ripe rachis), remainder destemmed. Cold soaked for 5 days, plunged and pumped over during peak of ferment, 23 days on skins. Wine was matured on lees for 9 months in French oak, 10% new.

Fruit condition in our Shiraz was strengthened this season due to better canopy health in the fruiting zone. The higher whole bunch component has complimented the aroma and flavour profile for the Springs Hill site very well offering a black spice and charcuterie component often attributed to Shiraz grown in the Rhone valley. Blue to black fruits with intense perfume and lovely whole bunch spice notes. An intense and lithe palate, primary fruits burst through with intensity across a medium weighted stylish flow all wrapped up tightly by a fine tannin drive.  

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Our notes

We loved last years debut release of this wine, but stylistically we prefer this 2019. It’s a knockout Mclaren Vale Shiraz, powerful, deep, brooding, dark berry flavours strewn with vibrant lifted violet floral notes that take you to the Northern Rhone Valley in France with just a whiff of St Joseph about it. The mouthfeel is so silky and fine and the absence of excessive new oak I must admit is a relief here. It’s up there with the best South Australian Shiraz we have tried this year. Brilliant winemaking. This is gorgeous!    


The Wine Front
It’s from Springs Hill in Blewitt Springs, so that’s quite a lot of springing, I’d say, with about 25% whole bunch and very little new oak (10%). A trio of good releases in 2019. I like to imagine Charlie Seppelt in a tight pair of white Speedos (maybe the ones Tyrrell’s released some years back), doing elaborate dives off the springboard, and me holding up a card each time. 9.5, 9.5, 9.5. And after that, he’d come out in a Ralph Lauren polo, with the collar popped, to claim his trophy. It’s spicy, nutty and meaty, deep black fruit, violet and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, dense and black fruited, shale-like tannin of rugged and sticky appeal, fresh blackberry acidity, and a rolling fresh and purple finish of excellent length. The build of tannin through the palate is so impressive. It’s a terrific wine.

Gary Walsh

James Halliday Wine Companion
"25% whole bunch, foot-trodden in a 131yo open concrete vat, cold soak, 23 days on skins, matured for 9 months in hogsheads (10% new), no additions, not fined or filtered. An exceptional wine, with the vibrancy of dark berry fruits, vigorous spices and fine but persistent tannins all suggesting a cool climate origin (but not so)." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

James Halliday

Producers notes

We were fresh-faced, aspiring young winemakers tallying up the vintage experiences when we met in 2008 at Hardy’s Tintara in McLaren Vale. A connection was formed over long nightshifts, sneaky midnight coffees and love of all things wine.

Many vintages together followed both here in Australia and abroad, but the pull of McLaren Vale was too great and we gave up the nomadic vintage life to put down some roots.

We found our home in Port Willunga, a seaside town in the McLaren Vale wine region, where the afternoons are long, and the glasses full. 

After a collective 46 vintages all over the world it was finally time to make a little wine for ourselves and our long-awaited project Paralian Wines was born. 

Choosing specific sites for each variety lead us to the northern reaches of McLaren Vale where old inland seas once were, now leaving beach like pockets where our chosen red varieties, Grenache and Shiraz thrive. 

Site and vintage expression is our fundamental belief, working with our growers to ensure quality and ideal ripeness is met with balance and varietal expression in mind. To do more, is to do less.

This is our story, these are our wines, we are - PARALIAN.


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