The Story Grampians Shiraz

The Story Grampians Shiraz 2014

Grampians, Victoria   |    750ml   |    13.5%

'The Story' is the personal venture of winemaker of Rory Lane who crafts some outstanding wines from grapes sourced from select sites throughout Victoria, with a particular focus on the Grampians region.

Lane's commitment to the Grampians region is paying clear dividends, delivering some outstanding examples of Shiraz; none more so than this 2014 The Story Grampians Shiraz. A beautifully balanced and impeccably structured Grampians Shiraz, this offers wonderful drinking at under $30.

"95 Points. Made from vines now 18+ years old. The wine comes with a bonus short story printed on the label, the result/winner of the Overland Story Wine Prize. The winning story was penned by this-won’t-be-the-last-time-you-hear-this-name Leah Swann. A disclaimer: I was on the panel of judges. The wine itself is outstanding. So beautifully fruited, balanced and structured. It’s alive with woody herbs, floral notes, olives, nuts and dark cherry-plum. There’s an edge of smokiness, almost a meatiness, along with traces of cracked black peppers. Feeling the curl of tannin here as it breaks through your mouth is like watching a wave form; it has that same kind or irresistible momentum, and that same kind of beauty. If this was double its price I’d still be tempted. Alcohol: 13.5% Price: $28 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2016 - 2030" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

"95 Points. From three vineyards, with a variety of ferments for each, in all 46% whole bunches, very little new French oak. Opinions vary about whole bunches in fermenting shiraz, but I am on the support side. The colour hasn't suffered, and the spicy, savoury spine has no shortage of lingering red and black fruits draped around that spine. All up, medium-bodied and lively. Drink By: 2029 Price: $30.00 Date Tasted: 15 Sep 2016 Alcohol: 13.5%" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

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Although perennially lured by great and typically isolated vineyards across Victoria, the heart of Rory Lane’s story is set in the Grampians. For a young(ish) upstart without the resource of a family vineyard, or the means to acquire one, the Grampians presents a rare opportunity to play with genuinely mature vines planted in distinctive bits of soil that each leave their own unique and indelible mark on the wines.

Abandoned by companies that saw the economics of these remote sites plunging too deeply into the red, these forgotten, but not neglected, vineyards tell a story of the great Victorian wines of the past. Rory is picking up the narrative for the future.
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