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Rageous 2016

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A natural blend of acidic, strident Sangiovese as back bone; muscular earth bound Shiraz embraces the delicate pom pom of high altitude Pinot Noir. They all lie together as must for a month, then into barrel for two years to meld and concentrate. Magnifico!

LOOKS LIKE... Garnet and ruby reds
SMELLS LIKE... Cherry ripe, black olive & pepper spice
DRINK WITH... Nonna's ragu with herbs from her garden, serious osso bucco or pasta roma with italian style green beans
CELLAR UNTIL... 2026

Winery

Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Sangiovese were destemmed and fermented together on the 15th & 16th March 2016. The Pinot Noir from the cool Musk Creek Vineyard is chosen because of its perfume and voluptuous palate. The Shiraz is off 100 Hunts in Merricks North and the stellar Sangiovese is a portion of Panton Vineyard, Shoreham. There is a tipping point with tannin – if the ferment is low in tannin then the tannin will “drop out” over the following few weeks or months. We experience this problem with ultra-cool climate Pinot Noir. This type of co-fermentation stabilizes the Pinot Noir tannin by naturally attaching to the more stable tannins of Sangiovese and Shiraz. We think this is the essential role of this co fermentation. Post barrel blending would not produce the same array of luscious tannin as this co ferment blend. Panton Sangiovese provides the acid and the astringency and the Shiraz has the spice and the deeper burly tannins. Time on skins was 33 days, by which time the fruit cap had sunk and the free run could be easily separated from the skins without pressing. The wine was transferred to 500 litre French Oak barrels for 21 months of integration and maturation.

Bottled 21st December 2017, 355 dozen in total.

Tasting

Sangiovese is the spine, quivering with acidity, sought out by Italians. Attached is the dark cherry, dried fig, roses, and warm embrace of Shiraz. Pinot Noir takes over the final furlong for a luxurious, satin-silk finish. The deep, brooding, black olive, and cherry-ripe scented nose captures the Italian inspiration of Rageous. Neither light nor full-bodied, Rageous evolves across the palate as each variety vies for attention. The unconventional set of tannins, courtesy of the blend of varieties, are youthful and grippy, yet nicely rounded off by the oak. Acidity underpins this wine, weaving through smoky red cherry and sweet raspberry fruit. It has a juicy finish with bundles of flavour.

Vineyard

A blend of vineyards; Panton (Shoreham) Sangiovese, 100 Hunts (Merricks North) Shiraz and Musk Creek (Red Hill) Pinot Noir

First vintage 2006

Rageous began as an alternative application for regional hero Pinot Noir, inspired by the illustrious Super Tuscan blends of Bolgheri and has matured into one of our most cherished wines; an encapsulation of contrast and cohesion. Half and half donkey and horse, in no way a hybrid but a spirited beast that cares naught for public opinion. Rageous is a mule who lived in our paddock with his friend Memphis.

Panton Vineyard is the successful pioneer of Sangiovese; the warmth of this Shoreham vineyard with rich volcanic soil and meticulously management make each of her big lumpy bunches, graceful and ripe. Every Autumn the five rows of Sangiovese are travelled with secateurs in hand to snip off green or crushed berries so only perfect bunches reach the winery. 100 Hunts at Merricks North is a 30-year-old vineyard located on the edge of the Moorooduc Plains. It’s a warm site, the vines are managed with great insight by their owners Joe & Amanda Vaughan. The yields are restricted to bring the harvest date forward. Musk Creek Pinot Noir is a very cool however North facing site; the grapes are intensely aromatic, rather than deep or tannic thus perfect component for Rageous.

FYI

The nonsense prose on the label ‘In the land of mules there are no rules’ was penned by Ogden Nash. Rageous is a mule who lived on our vineyard in that first vintage of 2006. Rageous is our wine that is a blend of grape varieties that outraged the conservatives with our first vintage in 2006, and so all the words and nonsense landed on the label.

Details

Harvest Pinot Noir Sangiovese & Shiraz — March 15th & 16th 2016
Bottled 21st December 2017, 355 Dozen in total.
Ageing capacity 5-10 years

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