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Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit

Product of Sydney
Australia

Hunter Valley Shiraz Spirit is an eau de vie distilled from salvaged smoke tainted grapes as the first product in a three-part series to support the Hunter Valley wine community following the devastating 2019 / 2020 bushfires.

Packaged as the second release under the Trials & Exceptions Series, our new range reserved for exceptional casks and small-batch trials, this innovative eau de vie is one of the first of its kind in Australia and showcases our experimentation with wine made from 50 plus tonnes of smoke-tainted Hunter Valley 2020 shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes with the majority of spirit to be aged for release as a brandy in coming years.

Displaying lively notes of tropical fruits, crème fraîche and berries with just the slightest suggestion of smoke, it’s an adventurous spirit, unusual at first in taste but excellent with the simple addition of fresh-pressed apple juice or even Coca-Cola and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Appearance

Clear

Nose

Opens with notes of shortbread, icing sugar and vine leaves. With air, it yields pineapple, guava, honeydew and old campfire.

Palate

On the palate, it shows a round and oily texture with mango, raspberry jam and wafers.

Finish

It resolves with a grassy and saline persistence that echos the balanced fruit, and savoury elements.

Production Notes

Grapes sourced

Grapes sourced

In sourcing high local quality grapes infused with the aroma of bushfire smoke, we celebrate the perseverance and dedication of NSW grape growers and wine producers. These grapes were once destined for wine, tainted by bushfire and finally salvaged to make this uniquely modern Australian grape spirit.

Grape VarietyProvenanceGrower/ ProducerSmoke-TaintedAge of Vines
ShirazPokolbinTinklers WinesYesOver 20 years old
ShirazBroke FordwichBeyond BrokeYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinBon VillaYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinDraytonsYesOver 20 years old
Cabernet SauvignonUpper HunterTwo RiversYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinHolman EstateYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinDe IuliisYesOver 20 years old
ShirazPokolbinLewis / First CreekYesOver 20 years old

Fermentation

Fermentation

Under Archie Rose’s strict processing instructions, the grapes were harvested and expressed into wine suitable for brandy and eau-de-vie distillation. The wine showcased a subtle smoky character with an aromatic profile, pronounced acidity and richness of shiraz character that the Hunter Valley region is renowned for.

Grape ProcessingFermentation
Light crushYeast: Aromatic M2
DestemmedDuration: 264 hours
FermentationTemperature: 16-26 degrees
Moderate skin contact
Light press
Left on lees

Distillation

Distillation

Utilising a unique adaptation of double distilling technique allowed a balance to be struck between the bold character of a pot-distilled spirit and the delicacy and nuance which best articulates a modern and new world vision for a grape spirit. Here science and art meet nature.

Spirit into stillSpirit out of stillStillsManufacturerReflux controlCapacityAverage charge
Fermented wash and low feintsLow winesWash stillKnapp Lewer, TasmaniaNone3600L2300L
Fores and feints from the previous run and low winesHeart (firsts, seconds and thirds), fores and feintsSpirit stillKnapp Lewer, Tasmania (modified by Burns Fabrication)Chilled water jacket2100L1200L

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Rosebery NSW 2018

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Rosebery NSW 2018

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