Rouleur Shiraz 2017 (97JH)


97 Points, James Halliday’s Wine Companion.

Matt writes, “This year’s Shiraz has lifted aromatics of blue and red fruits, violet florals, olive tapenade and whole bunch spice. There’s a dusting of mocha which follows through onto the palate along with fine, savoury tannins and herbal hints backed by generous fruit and subtle oak influence. This wine is vibrant, juicy and approachable in youth.”

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Shiraz is sourced from 2 vineyards positioned quite close to each other in the cooler, elevated viticultural district of Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. Both sites were planted in the early 1960’s and grow in free draining soils, consisting of eroded sandstone over ironstone clay.

Matt East grew up in the Yarra Valley and worked alongside his father in the family vineyard from a young age. He dedicated 10 years to viticulture with a focus on Pinot Noir and made wine in the shed while growing up. He further honed his skills in local wineries during vintage and eventually left the Yarra Valley to study, travel and pursue a career in the broader wine industry.

Rouleur wines err on the side of early picked where bright natural acid works in sync with varietal perfume, flavour and textures.

All Rouleur fruit is handpicked and sorted, with the Yarra Valley Chardonnay being crafted from select clones (P76, P58, i10V1) where gentle pressing of bunches dominates before being gravity fed to larger format oak barrels. The Rouleur red wines are mostly fermented with whole berries intact, while whole bunches are opted-for when site, vintage and style dictate accordingly.

Customer review

  1. Chris Foster

    97 Points, James Halliday’s Wine Companion, “From two vineyards at Blewitt Springs, open-fermented with varying percentages of whole bunches, 11 months in French puncheons (15% new). Exceptional power and complexity, yet retains nigh on perfect balance and structure. The combination of Blewitt Springs and ’17 provides shiraz that will be remembered with awe for years to come. Super-fragrant spices and flowers leap from the glass, the glazed shiraz rounded and succulent yet not cloying.”

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