I believe my journey in wine will be long. Why?.......... because I live it.
At 'work' it consumes me! At home it inspires me! Then I drink it and it captivates me!
This isn’t a job, its my life!
Wine! In all its beauty. Debates of it's origin, the best region, the best variety, the best producers and so on? One things for sure after thousands of years of evolution from cultures the world over it remains so varied, so subjective and forever an enigma.
I’ve always considered myself unprejudiced, sure I have my opinion, but that’s all that is, there is no right, there is no wrong. With 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, I don’t pretend to know it all, I don’t want to know it all and I honestly don’t believe it is possible to know it all, which is the very reason I’m so intrigued by it. Infinite learning!
I came up with the idea of ‘The unearthing project’ for exactly this reason, an opportunity for unique experiences and a way of bringing the winery to you, to let you unearth your own thoughts on some of these debates of this wonderful thing we call wine.
Using outstanding fruit as the base this year I take you on a small journey on one of the great debates, where we compare American Oak vs French oak vs Neutral oak (> 4 years old). Everything in these three wines is the same except this one variable, oak type.
Maybe you’ll learn something, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll verify something, maybe you don’t, but one thing is for sure, you’ll be drinking........... amazing wine!
How you taste these wines is obviously up to you, however I believe so much more is made of an experience if you share it with someone, so that’s what I suggest you do. Organise a loved one, family, friends, your neighbour if its urgent. Sit down, wrap the bottles in foil and taste them as one. Share, compare, enjoy and remember that your opinion can’t be wrong and what could be more fun than a good old fashioned debate?
1 x btl 2015 American Oak Shiraz
1 x btl 2015 French Oak Shiraz
1 x btl 2015 Neutral Oak Shiraz