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2013 Wines by KT Churinga Shiraz

2013 Wines by KT Churinga Shiraz

Full-bodied and full of inky/sultry/savoury black fruits in a boxing ring of raw boned tannins and oak.'
95 Points - James Halliday

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  • Kerri Thompson is the talent behind Wines by KT. The focus of Wines by KT is creating individual vineyard wines from the sustainably cared for Peglidis and Churinga vineyards, in Watervale, South Australia. It was these vineyards that Kerri selected as the most exciting and that now provide the heart of all her single vineyard wines - Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Tempranillo.

    The Churinga vineyard was first planted in 1930 and those gnarly old vines are still producing some wonderful fruit on the property today. Consisting of Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mataro, the majority of vines were traditionally planted on the contour in 1930 and 1954. Churinga is now managed by local winegrower Leon Schram and the site is farmed adopting sustainable management techniques, including biodynamic 500 preparation, to assist with soil and vine health. 

    Churinga has a rich red loam soil overlying slate and the dry grown vines are shoot thinned, hand pruned and hand picked to ensure the best possible fruit selection each season. 


    The Churinga vineyard Shiraz was first planted in 1954 and this wine was lovingly created from dry grown vines planted on rich loam and slate soil, which contributes to its fine tannin structure and vibrant fruit. In the creation I’ve adopted traditional techniques of open fermentation and basket pressing. Hand picked fruit was carefully selected and fermented naturally on skins with approx 30% whole bunch fruit and a small amount of co-fermented Riesling as a natural acid addition. Gentle hand plunging of the ferment and minimal working has produced a Shiraz with rich fruit concentration and finely grained velvet tannins. Basket pressed, the wine was matured in 100% French oak and a mix of 3 and 4 year old French oak barriques to ensure that the fruit is the defining feature.


    Aromas of red fruits with dark chocolate notes, and a savoury/earthy tone. Full-bodied, yet soft and supple on the palate, with savoury, chewy tannin providing solid structure. Nice length and finish. Will reward cellaring.


    'From dry-grown 60yo vines, only 90 dozen made. It is a radically different style to its 5452 sibling, full-bodied and full of inky/sultry/savoury black fruits in a boxing ring of raw boned tannins and oak. Balance emerges as the winner, but it demands patience.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Sniffs of fresh tobacco, red berries, dried plums, maraschino cherries. Sweet, slightly savoury start. Slick in the palate, cool, on a sleek ride through to its longish, sweetish finish. Some Xmas cakey richness, but not too much, crisp acidity, fine silty tannins. Those tannins do a good job of control and shape. Airy, fleshy feel in the mouth, easy to drink, enough structure for interest. High drinkability and interest.'
    93 Points - Mike Bennie