2013 road to joy - shiraz primitivo

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the wine front - review by mike bennie

Curious blend but considered from the winemaking/growing nous of Dudley and Irina Brown. It comes from the family single vineyard. It’s a playful blend built around complementary elements in the two varieties. Don’t pull it apart and wonder, just drink deep. No etiology to study here.

Great smells from the glass showing very berry, cherry, a whiff of mocha, nip of dried green herbs, dash of pepper. It’s cinched up and chewy in the palate showing fine, powdery tannins, vibrant fruit character, a touch of sweetness, but finishes earthy and savoury. Superb drinking, joyous in its own way. Should be used in a repertoire of interesting wine drinking.

Rated : 92 Points

Tasted : DEC15

Alcohol : 14.1%

Price : $26

Closure : Screwcap

Drink : 2015 – 202

Posted: 23 December 2015

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Australian wine review - review by andrew graham

A blend of 85% Shiraz, 15% Primitivo aged for 24 months in French and American oak. Numbers – TA 5.7g/L, pH 3.69. 14.1%. Immediately you can tell this is an Inkwell wine by the (inky colour) – deep purple maroon, the nose has compacted, wildly intense, licoricey black and red fruit in abundance. Indeed it tastes denser and riper than the other ’13 Inkwell Wines, with just some of the heavy ripe fruit characters ofthe vintage. It’s generous and full through the middle, with Christmas cake and blueberry fruit erasing any notion of over ripeness or excess. Commendably good for the vintage and has much to like about it. Could have rated it higher if it was just a little less drying on the finish. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14.1%, $26.

Published: 24 December 2015

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