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Fowles Wine - Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Shiraz 2018

Red Wine from Victoria · Australia
£27.95 £23.50
Case Rate: £23.50
Ex Tax: £19.58
Country:
Wine Region: Victoria
Wine Maker: Victor Nash and Lindsay Brown
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes
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Country:
Wine Region: Victoria
Wine Maker: Victor Nash and Lindsay Brown
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes

Description

Home to Fowles Wine vineyards and winery, the Strathbogie Ranges is characterised by massive granite boulders – the very boulders that have given rise, over millions of years, to the sandy loam soils in which our vines grow. This is a harsh Australian landscape with soil that is nutrient poor and retains very little water – difficult for farmers to grow livestock, but a wonderful landscape for grape growers seeking to grow fruit with great intensity. Couple these attributes with the cool climate, gentle aspect and glorious summer sunshine and the Strathbogie Ranges is an ideal region for growing grapes and making wine. The mean January temperature is 19.15°C and the average annual rainfall in our family vineyards is 700 mm (28 inches). Harvest in the Strathbogie Ranges generally occurs from late February through to early May. The majority of fruit for this wine comes from the Strathbogie Ranges. Upton Run vineyard contributed 40% while another stunning vineyard up the road, called Baarrooka, contributed 32%. We also sourced a smaller parcel from a beautiful vineyard in Sunbury (28%).

Wine tasting notes

A pretty waft of violets precedes a mouthful of red fruit and blueberries, the whole given a lift by a scattering of pepper.

Winery information

Fowles Wine

Fowles Wine is family owned and the first Victorian winery to win the VISY Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for Australia's Best Shiraz in 2010. Whilst winning many of the best 'traditional' awards in the Australian wine scene and being named a "Winery to Watch" by Wine Spectator, the VISY award was significant because it was judged by legendary winemaker Stephen Henschke. More recently the star offer featured today, the Are You Game Shiraz from the outstanding 2012 vintage was named in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014.The vineyards and winery are located in the dramatic granite landscape of the Strathbogie Ranges wine region, Victoria, Australia. The rugged and beautiful Strathbogie Ranges are located an hour and a half drive north east of Melbourne, just north of the Yarra Valley and east of Heathcote. The vineyards are peppered with massive ancient granite boulders, at elevations between 430 and 550 metres above sea level. The soils in the family vineyards are comprised of decomposed granite, interdispersed with massive granite outcrops. Technically speaking, the soil is sandy clay loam overlying granite and Callabonna clay bedrock - the soils are remarkably even across the vineyards. Ancient, nutrient poor and free-draining, these soils are great for grapes because the vines put their energy into fruit development (its means of survival), rather than canopy.The climate in the Strathbogie Ranges is cool with a January mean temperature of 19.5C. However, an almost constant wind whistles through the vines up here ensuring good air circulation in the grapes, reducing the risk of frost damage in early spring and mildew in summer. The location of the Strathbogie Ranges, north of Great Dividing range, means the vineyards experience strong diurnal weather patterns ? warm days, cool nights. These conditions allow the fruit to gradually ripen over a longer period of time accumulating the right balance of sugars and acid whilst building intense flavour and colour. The lower rainfall (average annual rainfall is 700mm) and quick draining soils mean the vines have dry feet (vines don't like their roots constantly soaked) and as a result produce low yielding, flavourful fruit.The style and character of Fowles Wine reflects this cool climate home. The white wines have great fruit intensity, minerality and are light and fresh. The red wines are highly perfumed, intensely coloured and powerful, yet restrained and elegant.The Are you Game and Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch wines are very food friendly - the key idea seems to be to produce wines with the texture and intensity of flavour that will match with game meats. They are made with grapes grown in Matt's coolest vineyard sites, making for a finished wine that has more acidity and fragrance than many Oz wines - the perfect foil for the intensity of game meat. Matt Fowles explains that "I'm a keen hunter and eater of game meats," he tells me. "The texture and flavour is so different from farmed animals, and we are trying to recreate that difference, and something of the textures and flavours, in the range."

Food matching

Wild game, especially venison and hare. Also works well with beef and lamb dishes.

Vinification notes

10% of the must was held cold prior to inoculation to encourage aromatic intensity. Wine was fermented at around 24C in stainless steel tanks and matured in a combination of old and new, small and large, English and French oak. One third of the wine was matured in 140 year old 5000L English oak casks.