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.

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2007 Electric Grampians Shiraz

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2007 was another potentially disastrous season in the Grampians, after the devastation of the preceding year’s bushfires. Several frost incidents reduced crops on many vineyards, in some cases completely, and as a result good fruit was harder to come by than usual for us. We were restricted to just two vineyard sources, down from four the previous year. Fortunately for us these are two pretty good vineyards, namely the Westgate Vineyard (that in 2006 made a pretty handy single vineyard release) and Rice’s Vineyard (that is going to get its own separate bottling in 2008). Drought and hail further reduced our offering though, and so we took the decision to declassify all single vineyard wine into the main blend, to ensure its quality. It will be a dent to our income but it was the right decision for the quality of the wine.Stylistically this has translated to a subtle, pretty, feminine expression of Shiraz, in the same vein as last year’s ‘Westgate’. There is less emphasis on fruit sweetness and more on balance, palate texture, perfume and line. The tannins are more grape derived than oak derived, and they are little more than a dust jacket for the back palate. I see this vintage as a creeper, one that will evolve into something very complex in the medium term. For now, give it a good decant to let the aroma build.

– Vine age: approx 37 years
– 14% alc.pH3.43
– Total Acidity 7.2g/l
– 770 dozen produced

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