“The right to veto is surely a
father’s prerogative. Working with
my two sons, Tom and Sam, gives
me great pleasure but every now
and then I like to challenge them
by exercising my right. Fortunately,
in developing these wines, no such
interference was needed. The only
thing we did not agree on was the
name but I vetoed them on that.”
For a number of years, we have waited for a vintage
that presented the opportunity to create wines that
could comfortably sit in our brand ladder between
Lodge Hill and McRae Wood Shiraz and Cover Drive
and First Eleven Cabernet Sauvignon. Vintage 2013
gave us that chance.
We picked small parcels of exceptional fruit we had
identified in the vineyard and vinified the wines in
our micro-winery at Jim Barry. Our aim was to make
wines showing more concentration than Lodge Hill
and Cover Drive without the intensity of McRae Wood
and First Eleven.
The Shiraz was sourced from a small block at Lodge
Hill vineyard in the eastern ranges of Clare. A cooler
site, also excellent for Riesling, the fruit retains a zesty
natural acid and seems to produce a more elegant style
of red wine.
Darkens the glass with a bold inky magenta hue.
Reveals notes of moschino cherry, satsuma plum and
blackberry with a touch of black olives and cloves.
A luscious earthy palate with dark vine fruits and
chalky fine grained tannins. Opens up in the glass
to display floral/violet notes and bright purple fruits.
The Veto Shiraz was matured in American and
French oak for 9 months before being bottled. The
combination of early picking to maximise freshness
of fruit and shorter than usual storage in wood has
produced a medium bodied wine of intense fresh
flavour and soft tannins.
Wine has been flowing in the Clare Valley since
1851 and is an integral part of the culture. It is
one of Australia’s most prestigious premium wine
regions famous for its Riesling and Shiraz. A tiny
area accounting for less than 1.5% of the total
With its beautiful rolling hills, ideal winter
rainfall and Mediterranean climate, Clare Valley
carries a unique history and winemaking heritage.
Grown on the Lodge Hill vineyard. It takes brutality and covers it in cotton wool. The core is strong, intense, all saturated plum and coffee grounds. But the edges are softer, spicier, creamier, even fractionally leafy. The core will keep it going for many a year; the edges make it attractive now.
Full-Bodied and Rich Red Wines
Full-bodied wines typically have more tannin, higher alcohol, and dark fruit flavours such as blackcurrant. Since these wines have so much pigment, they are higher in anthocyanin which has shown positive benefits to cardiovascular health. As far as flavour, these wines are the biggest on the spectrum and thus, pair with equally bold flavoured food.
Room Temperature (63-69 °F / 17-21 °C)
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