Categorized | Mount Barker, shiraz et al

La Violetta Svogliato Shiraz 2013

Winemaker Andrew Hoadley has a way with words, his wines often accompanied by a handwritten note, or an email with some interesting detail. Here’s some of the colour on this wine:

Re the name: I’ve been using the “Svogliato” codename for this vineyard for some years now. It means lazy in Italian – I think of the lazy winemaker who gets fruit from a great vineyard in a great year, and really has nothing much to do.. it’s all there like a plate of juicy figs.

Also, my mind wanders back to a listless previous life, sharing an abandoned army barracks in Gibraltar with the seagulls, passing the days reading the Odyssey to myself out loud, the nights listening to the crashing waves.. A little laziness goes a long way.

It’s shiraz from south of Mount Barker, a vineyard Hoadley likes and spends some time in. A little whole bunch. A short spell in new barriques. A shift to large format oak to do its time.

It’s an aromatic, spicy shiraz that feels readily drinkable but fine and fancy. It smells of black currants and spice – think cumin, clove and seasoning smoke with a dusting of pepper. It’s spicy in the palate too, dark fruited, gently sweet then builds into a nutty savouriness that feels part oak and part fruit character. It’s chewy through the finish. It’s good drinking, really.

Tasted : SEP15
Alcohol : 13.8%
Price : $58
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 - 2025
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