This might be the perfect Shiraz. It’s a big statement but it’s backed up by what’s in the bottle. Perfumed, with spice, and juicy fruit, layered but pure still. The story behind these guys is incredible; they’ve battled not only a global pandemic but also the devastating wild fires which destoryed their winery at teh beginning of 2020. However, David and his team were determined to make a come back. A final note, before each wine is released, they open and enjoy it with their close friends. That experience is then condensed in to three words before David’s wife creates the wonderful labels from the experience and the three words. It’s one of Hannah’s favourite wineries.
Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Organic practice, minimal intervention, wild yeast fermentation, low sulphur- 83mg/l, unfined/unfiltered, vegan/veggie.
Vinteloper are the ring leaders of grown-up fun. The wines are fun on the outisde, thanks to David’s wife Sharon’s eye- popping artistry, and serious inside the bottle, David crafting by hand, and foot, wines that reverberate and are pure . Known as Pinot Professionals, Vinteloper have won the Pinot Palooza People’s Choice award twice [’15 & ’16] and finished runner up twice [’14 & ’17] for the best Pinot Noir in Australia. They have the classics nailed, from the irstupendous pair of Pinots to elegant, cool- climate Shiraz, all while remaining one of Australia’s most experimental producers.
David Bowley created Vinteloper in 2008 and spent a decade sourcing grapes across South Australia and farther afield while renting cellar space and popping up in temporary urban wineries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (the legendary Urban Winery Project). Firmly established as one of the country’s leading young lights, in 2018 finally Vinteloper found a home of its own in Cudlee Creek, only for the vineyard to be decimated in the December 2019 bushfires. The rebuild has already begun and David and his team including winemaker Alyson Tannenbaum – shortlisted for the 2020 Young Gun of Wine – are determined to return better than ever.
Single vineyard in the Kangarilla Hills area of the Adelaide Hills planted in 1999. North to north-east aspect and elevation of 330m.
Relatively straightforward vinification to allow the quality of the vineyard to shine. Indigenous yeast fermentation. Punch downs and pump overs for cap management. On skins for a total of 15 days. Natural malolactic. All large format French oak barrels: 33% new, 66% seasoned. Bottled without fining or filtration. Allowed to mature for a further 6 months in bottle prior to release.
The eleventh vintage of Shiraz produced by Vinteloper. SH/18 is wrapped in style with layers of cool climate restraint, but it’s generous where Shiraz needs to be. The first thing that grabs your attention is the perfume. It has the Vinteloper signature multi-layered bouquet of juicy fruit, clove, bay, pepper and dried apricot. In the mouth it’s got Mentos freshness. Then you’re met with heavily spiced fruitcake, coffee grounds and blackcurrant juice. A medium bodied feel with a fuller bodied length and drive.
It’s another versatile wine from Vinteloper that pairs with a range of foods. Best served with hearty Sunday roasts and good friends.