|Our Price: $17.99 / bottle (RRP: $25.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
Dub Style No.1 Preservative Free Shiraz was sustainably grown, hand picked, wild fermented and bottled without any additions as fresh as possible to create this vibrant joven style Shiraz with just 13% alcohol. Perfect for lunch or after work drinks. Or, enjoy chilled on a hot afternoon.
Exuberant fresh blue and black fruit leap out of the glass on the nose. Fresh ripe Satsuma plum and blackberries explode on the palate with an undertone of seriousness €“ licorice and fine chocolate play across a bass note of Asian spice €“ to this youthful and easy to drink wine.
The absence of preservatives is perfect for those allergic, while some tasters have said it almost magically reminded them of memories of fresh fruit eaten in their childhood.
No Sulphites Added
'Deep, youthful, vibrant colour, clear and bright. Intense dark-berry, fruitcake and spice aromas which are far from raw and simplistic. The wine is medium-full bodied and very approachable with soft tannins and balanced acidity. The wine has great drinkability despite its youth and the fact that it's not light and callow or nouveau-like. PF means no preservative (sulfur dioxide) added, and indeed it ticks all the boxes for a 'natural' .'
94 Points - Huon Hooke
'Shiraz from McLaren Vale slapped into bottle with pretty much nothing aside harvesting, de-stemming, some movement in winery, fermentation happening between being on vine and being in bottle €“ no preservative/SO2 used. Dub Style is the alt-production wines of Inkwell Wines.
Attractive, easy drinking right here. Bursts outta the glass with a jumble of currants and berry jubes, dusting of mocha. The palate is ripe berry pure and fresh, brisk in its flavour stain on the palate, finishes with an attractive crispness. Washy, delicious, casual drinking personified. Hard not to skol the glass. Yum.'
90 Points - Mike Bennie
'Crucially, this feels anything but contrived. Save for the slight spritz of extra CO2 (the preservative-phobic winemaker's friend), you'd be looking hard to see any influence from a lack of that most archaic of preservatives, SO2,
Instead, this is all about bright purple and licorice fruit, coming in a flow of juicy purple-ness. True, it's not as detailed as the older, oak-matured Inkwell wines. But it doesn't lack for heart, the fruit packing a genuine sandy grip that feels compellingly honest and utterly authentic. It's Vale Shiraz dammit, from the very first approach, even if it's lighter, and with a bare nakedness that doesn't lean towards structure and width.
Sure, it would be easy to just sight the vital fruit here and move on. But that is missing the extra appeal that comes courtesy of grapes in the right place, turned into the right wine, by someone on the right course.
I can't help but quietly applaud. Unashamedly simple fare, but the simplicity here is one of joy, not price-point constraints, nor of cynicism and category pandering. It's just what you want a 'sans preservative' McLaren Vale Shiraz to be.'
90 Points - Andrew Graham, ozwinereview.com.au