2013 Between Five Bells RED

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2013 Between Five Bells RED

24.90 35.00

“Yum. Rich, red and black fruit scents with hit of cinnamon and clove, whiffs of cola, sniffs of toast and grilled nuts. Bold flavours to taste – sweet red and black berry fruit, walnut husks, char, something a little balsamic and a punch of Chinese five spice. Sits bold and plush in the mouth but chalky tannins give a bold pucker and tug through from mid palate. It’s exotic but compelling drinking.” 92 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

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The 2013 RED is the best Between Five Bells wine made to this point. Blanket statements in the world of wine are general asinine, but watching the vineyard ripen in March, seeing the fruit come in and tasting something so damn good, well, allow this indulgence.

Previous years have seen the B5B RED jump around a mélange of varieties and ideas. 2013 was the first year where we almost made a Shiraz. A boring old Shiraz. Not quite though. When the Shiraz came to the winery, we held our usual forklift and espresso executive meeting and decided to push the boat a little further this year.

Typically, we simply co-ferment the recently picked in fruit bins outside and allow everything to take a natural course. We did the same, more or less, yet did this in a closed fermenter, hoping to add a carbonic angle to the wine. Being Between Five Bells, we bent the ruler a bit and filled a small steal tank with skins of other ferments, (Negro/Nero, some other stuff), and added one-third whole bunch Shiraz from the Mt Duneed B5B vineyard, (2.2ha). We topped the other two-thirds with the remaining de-stemmed Shiraz.

Lid closed. Wait a week.

What we’ve done here is try to take the philosophy as far as we can. The 2013 is everything we like about wine. It’s delicious, drinkable, clean and refreshing; yet has a real floor of savoury and zesty characters. It will change in the glass, at a moment sweet and glug-able, the next spicy and tangy. It will be obvious then challenging, recognisable then puzzling. You can take your pick.

1890 bottles produced. Label once again produced by Nicolas Felton.

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