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Mother Tongue Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

Mother Tongue Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

The 2018 Mother Tongue Shiraz from the Barossa Valley epitomizes the harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Rooted in the historic Kraft Vineyard and adorned with contemporary Aboriginal art, this wine captures the essence of place, culture, and meticulous craftsmanship. Created by Dennis and Debra Scholl in collaboration with winemaker Christian Canute, this Shiraz reflects a deep respect for both the land and the artistry that defines it.

Product Details:

  • Winemaker: Christian Canute
  • Grape(s): Shiraz
  • GI: Barossa Valley (Barossa, South Australia)
  • Site(s): Kraft Vineyard in Tanunda
  • Vintage Notes: Warm and dry year with elevated ripeness and softer acidity
  • Vineyard Notes: 2.5 acres of 85-year-old shiraz bushvines on loam, clay, and sandy soils
  • Winemaking:
    • Hand-picked grapes
    • Destemmed and lightly pressed into tank for native-yeast fermentation
    • Aged in Taransaud French oak (2/3 new) for at least 18 months
    • Light fining, no filtration, small sulfur addition before bottling
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Production Size: 110 cases

Sensory Description: A wine of considerable depth and body, the 2018 Mother Tongue Shiraz presents an energetic transparency of fruit. The nose is rich with liquored and dried fruits such as raspberry, boysenberry, quandong, and black currant, underpinned by an herbal mix of eucalyptus, cinnamon myrtle, and river mint. The palate is weighty yet balanced with a refreshing acidity and a hint of bitterness. Elegant oak notes of spice and cedar enhance the complexity, creating a structured and sophisticated finish.

Winemaker's Background: Mother Tongue is the brainchild of Dennis and Debra Scholl, who bring a wealth of experience from various fields including wine, arts, and philanthropy. Their journey in winemaking began with the acclaimed Betts & Scholl label, which they sold in 2009. Returning to their vinous passion in 2014, they leased the historic Kraft vineyard, aiming to create wines that are both classic and contemporary. Their collaboration with Christian Canute, known for his expertise with Barossa's terroir, ensures that each bottle of Mother Tongue Shiraz is a true expression of its origins.

Serving Suggestions: The 2018 Mother Tongue Shiraz is best enjoyed slightly cooler than room temperature, around 60-65°F. This wine pairs excellently with hearty dishes such as grilled lamb, aged cheddar, or rich stews. For a delightful experience, decant the wine for about an hour before serving to allow its complex flavors to fully unfold.


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