2015 Between Five Bells Red

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2015 Between Five Bells Red

35.00

The backbone for the B5B red is always Shiraz, but our philosophy is to make a varietally ambiguous wine. The wine is a riot of crushed fruit aromas with an underlying savoury edge. To achieve this we split the Shiraz into two; the first element is 100% whole bunch fermented then gently pressed straight into barrel, the second element is destemmed and undergows a slow, natural ferment in 3000lt cuve with a once a day hand plunge.

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It’s a bright, lively red wine of high drinkability and easy going charisma. You’d say that there’s more than fair share of seriously meaty, gamey, blood sausage and meat dripping scents and flavours, but the acidity, and young, fresh berry fruitiness goes ok against the brunt of savouriness. The wine then feels a bit herbal and light on in flavour, and kind of doesn’t match the heft of scent and suggestion of density from savoury characters – a bit scratchy and dilute in fruit flavours. Tannins are good, and texture is squeaky, which makes up some ground. It’s fresh and fun, no doubt, but kind of left me wanting more. Still, good drink. 89 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

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