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La Violetta Up! Shiraz 2013, Mount Barker, Great Southern, Australia

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Our View:

A classic cool climate Australian Shiraz. Whilst layers of fruit and savoury notes build a wonderful complexity, the wine remains very drinkable. A top quality wine, highly regarded by critics and awarded 91 points by Decanter, it’s perfect with beef and steak dishes and summer barbecues.

UK stocks of this outstanding and sought after wine are very limited. Order soon to avoid disappointment.

The Wine:

La Violetta began producing small quantities of wine at Denmark, on Western Australia's south coast, in 2008. Grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers with exceptional vineyards. Production is kept small scale so that each wine is personally handcrafted. The name ‘La Violetta’ derives from an old Piedmontese song celebrating intoxication. 'Up' is a suffix commonly found in place names in Western Australia’s south-west, meaning 'place of' in the indigenous Noongar dialect. This wine evokes the ancient granitic soils of its place of origin in the hills around Mount Barker.

Tasting Note:

Whole bunch fermentation brings black pepper and floral lift to this single-vineyard Shiraz’s fresh blackcurrant fruit. Chalky tannins and fresh acidity emphasise frame and elegance. Medium plum red appearance. Intense, complex and savoury with a fresh stalky spice on the nose and on the palate red fruit with a herbal note and tingling acidity.

The Facts:

Wine

La Violetta Up! Shiraz

Vintage

2013

Style

Red Wine

Grape Variety

Shiraz

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Closure

Screw cap

Bottle Size

750ml

What the critics say:

Cool climate Aussie Shiraz is taking the world by storm and this is one of the finest I have tasted.  It was six years ago when I first wrote up a wine from this estate in my 100 Best Australian Wines Report and I still remember the vivid flavour of 2008 La Ciornia Shiraz today.  Up! is cut from a similar cloth with heady, intense, phenomonal appeal and I can’t believe that no stems have been used in this wine’s production because the pepper and spice found here, which is usually determined from the addition of ripe stems and stalks during fermentation, is overwhelming.  The black cherry fruit is sleek and studded with raspy, iodine-pricked detail and the finish is crisp and angular.  It leaves you with a desperately attractive slate-y freshness which cools your senses.  This wine is expressive and dramatic in every respect – it reminds me of a top flight, elemental Cornas from the Northern Rhône but with more freshness and juiciness on board. Up! floods your senses with invigorating perfume and because there is very little stock in the country you will have to act fast to secure a bottle.  Do not delay – you must own Up!  Matthew Jukes, February 2017.

Great scents of just ripe raspberry, graphite, savoury earthiness, black pepper and a touch of briar. Savoury as all get out in the palate with a chew of cedary oak set behind savoury fruit characters, spice and sheets of firm, powdery tannins. The wine drags long on those tannins and doesn’t skip past medium weight even though there’s loads of flavour and stuff going on. Charred meat lovers should rejoice at how this cuts through such meals. Super stuff. 93/100, Mike Bennie, Wine Front, www.winefront.com.au

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