La Violetta Up! Shiraz 2017
Great Southern, Western Australia
Andrew Hoadley has worked all across Australia as well as abroad in Barbaresco, Abruzzo and Washington state, and is today regarded as one of Western Australia's revolutionary winemakers. He created La Violetta in 2008, taking the name from an old Piemontese song that celebrates intoxication (responsibly, naturally). He is based in the Great Southern on the coast near Denmark, but sources grapes from trusted growers across the region to make his stunning, envelope-pushing wines in really tiny quantities - a real master of blends.
Up! Shiraz is sourced from distinguished sites in Great Southern, on gravelly ironstone loam with granitic sands. Seven separate small parcels fermented in open vessels for 14-28 days, worked only by hand plunging and barefoot pigeage. The wine was drained straight to French puncheons and barriques, one-quarter new, to age for 12 months.
Strikingly savoury, earthy and complex; blood, game, spice and charcuterie come to the fore as the wine breathes up in the glass. The palate rolls out with liquorice and red fruits on a carpet of phenolic stimulation set to a ferrous, mineral backbeat. Vibrant expression of place!