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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2010 Henty Estate Vineyard Henty Shiraz

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The Henty estate Vineyard is our coolest site, just north of Hamilton, in the south west of the state. It is a very marginal Shiraz site, only ripening in late april, and early may. 2010 saw a balanced, average yield of beautiful, unstressed fruit, that cried out for some whole bunch fermentation to exaggerate the usually powerful pepper and floral aromatics. One tonne was fermented with all whole bunches, and another destemmed, and fermented in 4 open puncheons. The two parcels blended just before bottling after 12 months in barriques, 25% new. This wine excites me. It’s powerful in aroma, yet delicate at the same time. It has tannin, and effortless silkiness, and real ‘x-factor’. Again bottled without fining or filtration. Drink now or after 6 years.

– Vine Age: approx 19 years
– 13.5% alc.pH3.58
– Total Acidity 5.6g/l
– 160 dozen produced

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