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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2008 Westgate Vineyard Grampians Shiraz

Cellar Door

This is my favourite vineyard in the region. Its oldest vines were planted in 1969 and are now 40yrs old. It is a much cooler site on an easterly aspect which loses the sunlight an hour or two earlier than nearby sites, which tends to delay ripening by a week or two. This wine follows on from a similar wine released from 2006 which was named in the top 100 wines in Australia by James Halliday. The grapes were 100% destemmed and fermented in 500lt open oak puncheons over 14 days before resting for 14 months in French oak, approx 40% of which was new, from Francois Freres, Gillet and Meyrieux coopers. The vineyard generally exhibits very floral Shiraz characters and wonderful length without being heavy or hard. Again this wine was bottled without fining or filtration.

– Vine Age: approx 40 years
– 13.5% alc.pH3.39
– Total Acidity 7.1g/l
– 150 dozen produced

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