It is clear after making this wine why the Southern Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape region goes crazy for blends of these varieties. The plump, juicy sweetness of the Grenache gives a lovely core that matches perfectly with the rustic tannins and earthiness of Mataro. Add a dash of spicy cool climate Syrah to the blend and the wine provides no end of intrigue. Our winemaking was oriented to focus on achieving complexity by concentrating on highlighting the savoury aspect of the wine. The aim of Uvaggio is to encapsulate a true regional blend, to express the uniqueness of dry-grown WA bush vines. Enjoy it’s a richness of fruit character in its youth or wait for several years to see the savoury core come to the fore.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
2017 was a vintage slow to get out of the blocks. A cool and overcast spring meant slow ripening
with amazing fruit flavours and zingy natural acids.
Constant rain periods then meant everyone had to be on high alert for fungal diseases and picking was sometimes dictated by incoming rain events.
Crop levels were up after perfect flowering conditions, but this meant some fruit needed to be thinned to maintain intense fruit and high quality. Like 2016 Riesling and Chardonnay were outstanding and the Frankland River reds
enormous and juicy.
Bush vine Grenache and Mataro were harvested by hand at optimum ripeness; the Syrah was machine harvested at night to preserve the spiciness of the variety. All parcels were vinified in small open ferments with the Grenache and Syrah having ~20% whole bunch inclusion for aromatic lift. The ferments were hand plunged twice daily and pressed off quickly after ferment. Aged in large format oak for 18 months.
Residual Sugar: 3.1g/L
Date picked: 5th April (Grenache)
Date picked: 14th April (Mataro)
Date picked:16th March (Syrah)