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Monday, 9 February 2015

Sojourn Wines Shiraz Mataro 2014

The Sojourn in question, is that of fellow blogger QWine and his quest to make a wine - that was commercially available -from the 2014 vintage.

A bloke I call a mate {let's get that out of the way}, he's done the right things with regards to producing an attractively packaged wine, a wine with visual appeal - bottle shot available, functioning website ready from the off. So, what's inside?

Initially sappy, stems - moves to a little briar - before coming back to stems with a little caramelised root veg sweetness. Picked on/around the 15th March 2014, the fruit comes off of 40 year old vines round Ballandean way, it sees 25% whole bunches, was plunged thrice daily and sent off to a fourth use old hog. 

Medium bodied, a glass like smoothness to the wine on entry, natural juiciness, carrying the regional marker. There's some black fruit present, by way of plum and black cherry - adding a little bass line, to the tweeter's top notes. If you'll forgive a little digression over the anatomy of a speaker.

Lacks driving penetrating length - but that's easily forgiven when you have a wine that's so approachable and more-ish in character. It had me reaching for a second and third glass. The French, more eloquent than I, have a word for this style of wine: 'vin de soif' - literally, "thirst quenchers". Think charcuterie plates, and mates; or as I did - a good old homemade burger and family. 90   

Tasted on: Saturday 7th February, a Fruit to Root day 
Source: Sample
Price: $29 (@Ridgemill Estate Cellar Door)
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap

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