Whole Bunch Shiraz 2018



"This has very attractive, whole-bunch influence, which delivers poached raspberries and strawberries, as well as nice, spicy elements. The palate has a vivid, succulent feel with a smooth wrap of juicy plums. Drink in the next five years." JAMES SUCKLING 92/100

Hand Picked fruit from our "young Shiraz block" which is 20 plus years old and dry grown. Whole bunch fermented showing brilliant fragrance and perfume spice and a lovely complex slightly crunchy palate. An exciting and innovative wine.


Fruit sourced from our 41 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. We prefer low-yielding wine crops with small berries. Although it limits our volume, having smaller fruit fosters an intensity of the flavour, with most of the colour and tannin of the grape being concentrated in or near the skin. The characteristically cool climate of the district ensures slow ripening of the grapes, which also allows for the development of rich flavour and quality grape juice. Grown on ancient gravely loams in Mount Barker, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, an are renowned for excellence in cool climate viticulture. Our old vines are all cane pruned and yield 2 tonne per hectare with small bunch weights which add intensity of character and flavour. Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid March to late April depending on the season.


While a later than normal start to vintage it was reminiscent of vintages 10 years ago. It has been so dry in previous years I think we all forgot what it was like to have a wet year! A solid vintage with later ripening than recent years. Low Baume with intense flavours shows promise for the whites and softness for the reds, with high quality fruit being produced. A hard but exciting vintage. Galafrey celebrates with their 40th Vintage this year.


Hand Picked fruit from our "young Shiraz block" which is 20 plus years old and dry grown. Whole bunch fermented and basket pressed. No filteration or fining need. Minimal. I wanted to challenge the concept of what a cool climate whole bunch Shiraz could look like with this wine and eseentailly make Shiraz like Pinot. Small batch. Limited quanities available. Selected for Top 50 Young Guns.

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