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Longline Wines Blood Knot Shiraz 2012

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Longline Wines Blood Knot Shiraz 2012

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The percentage contribution of the two regions isn't specified, but the wine is exceptionally rich, complex and deeply layered, the flavours running through black fruits, licorice and black pepper. Given the intensity of the fruit, it is not surprising that the oak seems to make little impression,
the tannins also swallowed by the fruit, but there nonetheless. 96 points James Halliday

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Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, and Hope Forest, Adelaide Hills.
Blood knot noun .... a type of knot to join two lines while maintaining their inherent strength.


Sourced from Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale from the Demasi vineyard and from the James vineyard at Hope Forest in the Adelaide Hills. Significantly different characteristics for both sites but both provide fruit that is spiced orientated with wonderful perfume and vibrancy of fruit. The Blewitt Springs vineyard showing blue fruits with spice notes and the James Adelaide Hills parcel dominated by bright red fruits with pepper notes.


Enjoy now or can be cellared for 6+ years in appropriate cellar conditions.


"75% McLaren Vale, 25% Adelaide Hills. Sees a small percentage of whole bunches and no new oak.
Rich style, almost porty, with sweet ripe blackberry and bitumen leading into redcurrant and herb. Flavours seem layered and extend out well through the finish. Indeed the combination of tannin, flavour and overall balance suggests this will be very long lived."  92 points Winefront.com.au


"The percentage contribution of the two regions isn't specified, but the wine is exceptionally rich, complex and deeply layered, the flavours running through black fruits, licorice and black pepper. Given the intensity of the fruit, it is not surprising that the oak seems to make little impression,
the tannins also swallowed by the fruit, but there nonetheless." 96 points James Halliday


  $26; 14% alcohol; screw cap; 380 cases made; 94+++ points  Phillip White
"The nickname Carps has a certain wry irony: the winemaker's Dad was a professional fisherman at the Murray Mouth. While Albright is a knot connecting two lines of differing thickness, the Blood Knot is best for tying two lengths of equal line without losing strength. There's no strength missing here. The two vineyards are in the hills east of Willunga at Hope Forest and at Blewett Springs, which is just over the ridge from me. [It's stupid that Hope Valley's officially in the Adelaide Hills according to the wine industry's official appellation gestapo; it's actually in the South Mount Lofty Ranges.] Once again, the wine reflects the intensely studious attitude of its maker: it's like a compressed lozenge made from its dense, silky components, then somehow skinned once again, so only its visceral innards remain. It has a little more tannin than the Grenache, leaving a few dusty grains of ink powder on the tongue after all that blackness takes its plunge into you. Maybe the Blood Knot here connects the micro surgeon part of Carps to his blacksmith side: rarely will you find a Shiraz forged so compressed and dense, but forensically exposed. It's tied so tight it will take decades to unfold, and swell back to its full mature corpulence. Bang it in the cellar, there's a dear, lest it bang you, and you blame me.


These wines are ridiculously cheap for their extreme quality. Had a bigger mob managed to procure such fruit, they'd be charging four or five times this price. Lap 'em up ... before any shooshed-up middlemen get in there between you and start jacking those prices up. The bastards will be queuing up.

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