|Our Price: $29.99 / bottle (RRP: $45.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
Ernest Allan was a market gardener and the grandfather of Melissa and Andrew Buttery. Ernest Allan Shiraz reflects the true character of our premium organic Shiraz blocks and the sustainable, chemical free farming that Ernest used to grow his produce so many years ago. This wine is literally Ernest - honest and true.
Ernest Allan Rivers was a natural farmer and grandfather of Melissa Brown (nee Buttery). He understood the relationship between the earth and his plants so we try to encapsulate his philosophy in this wine. We selected several iconic Shiraz sites that were harvested by hand on a fruit day as per our biodynamic philosophy. These special parcels were all picked at full flavour maturity and naturally fermented on skins for 12 days with hand plunging only for soft tannin extraction. The separate parcels were pressed off skins and drained into French oak barriques for ageing on their lees for extra texture. After 16 months in oak the wine was racked, blended and bottled with no filtration or fining.
Alc/vol - 13.8%
'Wild-fermented, matured in French barriques for 18 months. Inky purple-crimson, it is a distillation of all things McLaren Vale Shiraz, jet black fruits, spice, dark chocolate and generous, supple tannins and oak.'
95 points - James Halliday
'Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. It's ferrous, chocolaty, black fruited, has some of that earth and oyster sauce stuff, liquorice, fine spicy French oak in support. Full-bodied, but not overweight, with a mass of dense inky tannin, balanced acidity, and a very long clean finish. Excellent.'
94 points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Gold medal - Global Syrah Masters
Gold medal - Mundus Vini