2007 Rudderless Graciano
Graciano (pronounced gra-see-ah-no!) is a Spanish red wine grape grown primarily in Rioja. The vine produces a low yield and is normally harvested in March. It is charactised by its deep red colour, strong aroma and ability to age well. While primarily used as a blending partner, I have decided to make a straight varietal Graciano from the 864 vines in the Rudderless Vineyard.
Deep colour, striking aromatics. A big wine but soft and generous in the mouth; blackcurrant, tobacco and spice with a distinctive regional character that adds to the mystique. The wine was aged in two year old French oak for 18 months to allowing the natural fruit flavours to express themselves.
90 dozen produced – SOLD OUT
A classic Rhone blend with 2004 being the inaugural vintage. This Rudderless flagship wine hasbeen highly praised by scribes including Robert Parker Jnr, Nick Stock, Philip White and James Halliday.
In 2007 most parts of South Eastern Australia experienced a dry summer apart from three consecutive days of rain from the 19th of January. Yields were down; but the intensity from the Grenache (which makes up 65% of the blend) contributed to a concentrated, powerful wine at the same time remaining silky and elegant.
134 dozen produced – SOLD OUT
Malbec originated in South west France where it is one of only five red varieties permitted in the Bordeaux appellation. The Rudderless Vineyard has a small ploit of 487 Malbec vines planted in 2000. In 2007 and 2010 the fruit was so exceptional that a straight varietal Malbec has been produced.
The 2007 Rudderless Malbec has great with and tanning structure which can sometimes be missing in this variety. It is a deeply coloured inky, remarkable wine – think of ripe blackberries, coffee and chocolate. It is approachable now if decanted and should last at least ten years under the Stelvin closure.
65 dozen produced – SOLD OUT
This vintage was the first to combine fruit from the lower vineyard (562 vines at 2 metre spacing) and the upper vineyard (938 vines at 1.5 metre spacing). The 2007 is considered the best straight Shiraz produced from the Rudderless stable.
The nose gives a distinct dark chocolate and complex black fruit bouquet. Intense flavours and a seamless palate allowing this wine’s cellaring potential to be 2018+. However its drinking superbly at the moment and an open bottle can be enjoyed over 2-3 days.
89 dozen produced – SOLD OUT