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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2014 R. Lane Vintners Westgate Vineyard Shiraz

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The Westgate Vineyard, in the hills south of the town of Great Western in the Grampians, has been consistently and unquestionably the highest quality grape source for the Story Wines over the twelve years I have made wine from the region. In 2014 the vines yielded a meagre tonne and a bit per acre, due to wet and cold early season conditions, so volumes were down, but intensity more than compensated. I split the harvest into 3 batches, some destemmed, some with a small percentage of whole bunches and then a smaller amount fermented as all whole bunches. All were fermented with ambient yeasts. From these three ferments I had ample elements with which to make a final cuvee. The batches were individually matured for twelve months in barrel (a mixture of French puncheons and barriques) before a final ‘best barrels’ selection was blended and held in tank for a further four months. In 2014 it comprised 60% whole bunches, and approximately 20% new oak. It was then bottled with no fining or filtration. I believe this is the best wine I have made to date, and as such it is the wine I am proud to put my name to.

– Vine Age 45yrs
– 14.0% alc.
– pH 3.50
– Total Acidity 5.7g/l
– 220 dozen produced
– 20% new French oak
– 11 months in oak, 3 in tank prior to bottling

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