Brini Estate Limited Release Shiraz 2010 Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale Australia 14.5%
Brini Estate Wines – Their Story
The Brini Family vineyard is located in the picturesque hills of Blewitt Springs, a sub region of McLaren Vale on predominantly sand to sandy loam soil over clay. It was here that I saw a wild grumpy-looking and rather dozy koala sitting in a tree high above the ground just calmly keeping watch over the vines in the Brini vineyard.
Sebastiano Brini immigrated from Italy in 1950 and the property was purchased in 1953. It was largely grazing land with some Shiraz and Grenache vines planted in 1947. Over the years, grapes have been supplied to some of the area’s finest red wine producers.
In 2000 Sebastiano’s sons John and Marcello established Brini Estate Wines to produce small batches of premium quality wines from the vineyard they grew up on. These single vineyard wines embody the regional characteristics of Blewitt Springs – distinguished, elegant and rich berry flavoured.
The Brini Limited Release Sebastian Shiraz is blended from selected barrels of low yielding fruit from marginally irrigated 71 year old vines planted in the late 1947. It is matured in American and French oak barrels. The deep brooding yet inviting youthful red colour reveals a powerfully layered, elegant and finely structured wine with abundant spicy, ripe blackberries with a hint of mocha. The classic McLaren Vale intensity of the fruit combine with silky fine tannins to create a rewardingly complex finish. Whilst drinking well now, it will continue to develop satisfyingly and reward in years to come. This for me is as close to a Penfolds Grange as you can find with aged vines but from one unique place unlike Grange at a much better price. This is worth decanting for an hour or so.
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