Dune Mingsha Shan
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PRODUCER: Brothers Peter and Duncan Lloyd both worked in kitchens as teenagers growing up in McLaren Vale. It's where they developed a love of good food and an understanding of the role of wine in bringing food to life. They set up Dune together in 2008. They mainly source their fruit from the Desert Sands vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. The site they bought had been farmed intensively. The Shiraz needed extensive pruning to deal with Eutpya. They replaced Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with southern Mediterranean varietals - Carignan, Mourvedre, Grenache, Negroamaro and Nero d'Avola - which suit the site better. Yields have been reduced, farming is now organic and on the way to receiving certification. In a turn up for the books they don't describe their winemaking as minimal intervention! Rather they have a style in mind for each of their wines that stems from the individual qualities of the vineyard. This may involve particular pruning techniques, or harvesting parcel by parcel. The same goes for the winemaking sometimes they de-stem sometimes they use whole-bunch, sometimes low-sulphur, sometimes none - basically the grapes are treated as individuals!
WINEMAKING: The Shiraz is machine picked and fermented with a high proportion of whole berries in open fermenters. After the malolactic fermentation is complete, a small portion of a Fiano/Shiraz co-ferment is blended in to account for 2-3%. After blending, the wine spends 12 months in seasoned oak barrels prior to bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Medium bodied with gentle tannins balanced with refreshing acidity. Aromas of blueberries and bramble notes, along with spices, crushed leaves and herbs.
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