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Monday, 28 May 2012

Wild Soul Shiraz 2008

I kept coming back to this wine over 5 days, it barely seemed to budge, indicative of a pretty good life ahead. 

Opened a touched bretty, not distractingly so - on the contrary, the stable-like aroma was rather complementary to fresh sod and leafy character.  Fruit was present by way of plum and mulberry.

Light, juicy in the mouth - really good acid structure, needed to provide a leg-up to the fruit in the mouth - and extra nudge if you like.  And it was this juiciness that I kept coming back to, lovely fresh, juicy wine.  It provided vitality to the wine and worked with fine grain tannin to provide a moderate to good length.

I really liked winemaker Andy Boullier's approach: just simply trying to make the best wine possible with the fruit vintage provides - all off his tiny 1.3ha block.  Organically farmed, following biodynamic principles, no interest in certification.  Minimal input, inoculated ferments until a time he's happy to go 'wild', minimal sulphur (although would a little more knock out the Brett?), and priced according to the vintage conditions.  89 - Good

Source: Cellar Door
Price: $20
Alcohol: 13.4%
Closure: Cork


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