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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2011 Tempest Grampians Shiraz

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Tempest is in effect the darker sibling to last year’s ‘Temperance’ Shiraz. The coolest, most challenging year in decades caused headaches for our growers, with rain, cold, more rain, mildew, a locust plague and floods to contend with. Through this tempest, and by declassifying almost all of our single vineyard parcels, we’ve kept the quality up to our usual standards and I think have perhaps surpassed them. Super fragrant, pepper, blue fruits and spices, a little more oak influence and this year the inclusion of a new, warmer vineyard called Jallukar Ridge to the mix. As always, wild yeast fermented, unfined and unfiltered. 3 vineyards, Westgate, Jallukar Ridge and Garden Gully.

– Vine Age: approx 30 years
– 13.1% alc. pH 3.53
– Total Acidity 6.8/l
– 610 dozen produced

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