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    Red | Little Demon Shiraz Grenache Tasting Note

    2015 Little Demon Shiraz Grenache

    The Name

    In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.

    Vintage Conditions

    The winter in 2014 was wetter than usual which resulted in well soaked  soils. From August to early January it stayed dry with above average temperatures. Flowering started earlier than average and the grape set was even, but our vines had low bunch numbers.  Veraison started  normally but accelerated with a mini heatwave early January. Throughout January, 40mm of rain fell, double the average, but very  helpful to freshen up the vines. Ripening continued with warm dry days and cool nights and we started harvest  with the Verdelho on the 9th February, the earliest on record.

     

    Colour and Aroma

    Dark purple in colour. Fresh aromas of dark cherry, plum and vanilla with notes of dried herbs.

    Palate

    Generous and complex flavours from blending Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier, showing blueberry, cherry, plum, apricot and soft vanilla. The palate is luscious with fine tannins and a long finish. This is a complex wine with excellent food matching ability.

    Cellaring Potential

    This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue give excellent flavour at 3 to 6 years of age, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.

    Reviews

    • 2015 Little Demon Shiraz Grenache - Huon Hooke's "Buy Of The Week" (www.huonhooke.com)

      "This deep red-purple coloured wine smells of dark berries and spices, with a trace of meatiness. It’s medium to full-bodied and firm, with a touch of elegance, tightly-packed density and good persistence. Good to drink now and could be cellared." 92 points.

    • 2014 Little Demon Shiraz Grenache - 91 points (Huon Hooke - www.huonhooke.com)

      “More evidence that Grenache blends can be amazing value. This deeply coloured red has a floral scented bouquet with spice, berry and oak notes, while the rich, fleshy texture and powerful ripe flavours are backed by slightly chewy tannins. It all works well together.” - 91 points. www.huonhooke.com


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