Curator Wine Co 2018 Parishes Shiraz
Parishes is a blend of Shiraz from different sub region or “Parishes” vineyards that we grow and buy grapes from across the Barossa Valley. Predominantly from our Marananga vineyard front block of Shiraz (two different clones) along with some barrels of Shiraz from vineyards in Stone Well, Vine Vale (on the Barossa Valley Floor), Greenock and Hallet Valley.
Each parcel was picked separately and destemmed into open-top tank for fermentation, chilled down then allowed to warm up then inoculated with yeast to start the ferment. All parcels were fermented separately. The ferment was gently hand plunged two to three times daily for approximately 7-8 days. Then basket pressed and all blocks blended together and filled to tank to complete natural Malolactic fermentation. Once completed the wine was transferred to USA & French oak (10% new) where it stayed for approximately 14 months maturation in barrel.
Parishes Shiraz is made in a complex but juicy style that is true to our house style but extremely easy to drink though complex enough to be able to cellar for many years of future enjoyment.
94 Points – Wine Orbit; Sam Kim MW February 2020 – Beautifully ripe and inviting, the fragrant bouquet shows blackberry, mulberry, vanillin oak and cake spice aromas, followed by a wonderfully weighted palate that’s plump and flavoursome. The wine offers beautifully layered mouthfeel together with velvety tannins, finishing delectable and lingering. At its best: now to 2030.
94 point – Mike Bennie The Wine Front – It seems the intro wines of Curator are often the best drinking for me. Juicy, vibrant, quite lush and with a sense of richness but feels frisky and juicy at the same time. Way more about pure fruit than oak overlay, this is a mouth party shiraz of vitality and ease of drinking, yet doesn’t forget to have a little chewy tannin in the mix for shape. A really charming red here.
94 points – The Real Review; Ralph Kyte-Powell April 2020 – Big, meaty, earthy Barossa shiraz of real concentration and depth. It’s not a simple fruit-bomb, weaving together dark chocolate, liqueur cherry and sweet spice characters into a seamless, full-bodied wine of generous proportions Oak is well integrated, ripe tannins finely-measured. And the finish is long and satisfying. Drink: 2020–2030