Smalltown Vineyards 'The Black Craft' Shiraz (6 Bottle Case)



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Germans were the first free immigrants into Australia in the 1850s onwards. They planted Shiraz in Barossa. Germans also invented letter-press in the 1500s.The suspicion around the “magick” of a printing press at the coupled with the inky hands of the printers meant that the art became known as the Black Craft. The wine is an homage to both the German influence of the oldest wine making in Australia, as well as the letterpress.

This Shiraz is sourced from the finest available vineyard sites across the premium Northern Barossa Valley including for the most part Greenock, Western Ridge and Ebenezer. Aged 11 months in a variety of oaks, all American and French, new and old, around 35% new. All oaks were AP John, Barossa coopered. As usual with Magpie, it was fermented in open fermenters. They don’t set the blades too close together during crushing so a fair bit of whole berry in the ferment which gives the wine generous fruit and soft tannins.

A compelling, dark and rich chocolately beast. A blend unique to Boutinot, this is a classic Barossa Shiraz with intense savoury flavours of thick blackberry compote, black pepper and typical iron-rich beefy flavours. Not a hint of jam here, no sweetness, this is serious Shiraz for grown-ups with balanced acidity, a touch of cocao powder in the finish and tremendous length.

As the name implies, black is the key - anything chargrilled would be superb here, so think griddle pans and barbecues!

Please note: All case wines can take between 7-10 days for delivery.

Country: Australia
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Grapes: Shiraz 95%, Petite Sirah 5%
ABV: 14%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2019
Awards: 2012 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 - Silver
2012 Vintage: IWC 2014 - Bronze
2015 Vintage  Catavinum 2018 - Silver
2015 Vintage  IWC 2017 - Silver
2015 Vintage  IWSC 2017 - Silver
2016 Vintage  IWC 2018 - Silver
2017 Vintage  Sommelier Wine Awards 2019 - Bronze

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