I was intending to hang on to these other bottles of Story shiraz for longer, but there is a tasting coming up soon at B’Stilla with Rory Lane where there will be the opportunity to taste through 10 vintages. So it was only fair that I first got an impression of these wines while they are in their youthful state in order to better gauge how they tend to age. I have also included the summary links of the three wines I had previously posted below.
The Story Wines Westgate Blanc 2013, Grampians, VIC
$28 direct from winery. This is the other white in the portfolio. A Rhon-esque blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier grown at the Westgate Vineyard, site of their best Shiraz grapes. The 3 rows of Marsanne and 1 each of … Continue reading
The Story Wines Riesling 2013, Henty, VIC
I just took delivery of these wines from The Story last week and will be posting my reviews over the next few days. This is a small operation established in 2004 by Rory Lane and his partner. They purchase parcels of … Continue reading
The Story Wines Henty Pinot Noir 2013, VIC
$28 direct from winery. This is a very tasty Pinot Noir, fruit forward, sweet, one that you can easily enjoy with your meal. Fruit from 2 vineyards in Warrnambool and Drumborg, fermented by wild yeasts in small, open fermenters, 10 months … Continue reading
The Story Wines Tinkers Shiraz 2012, Grampians, VIC
$25 direct from winery. A multi-vineyard blend, combining fruit from the warmer Jallukar Ridge Vineyard (38%), the cooler Westgate Vineyard (32%) and the remaining from Rice’s Vineyard (27%). There is also a very small amount of Grenache for extra lift. Like the other wines in the collection, wild yeast fermented, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Clear, dark ruby colour with shade of purple. Fresh youthful fragrance, very floral summer blooms, blackberry, red plums, raspberry cordial, faint hint of fine black pepper. A dry, medium-bodied wine, high acidity with soft chewy tannins. Ripe, juicy red berry fruit flavours with a thin overcoat of black pepper. 13.5% alc. Moderately long, even toned finish. Drink now – 2016. 89/100.
The Story Wines Henty Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2012, Henty, VIC
$45 direct from winery. Black ruby core with a slight purple rim. A fresh, youthful floral fragrance of blackberries, black cherry jam and oily antipasto. A dry, medium-bodied wine, it has a smooth velvet texture with high acidity. You can certainly feel the tannins left from the whole bunch ferment. The fruit is laden as a rich mix of blackberry, black cherry, with brown olives and a dash of fine pepper. However, the dry powdery/chewy tannins kick back in, and there is a residual bitterness on the finish. I’m sure that with sufficient time, the tannins will settle down but I do wonder how much fruit will be retained. Drink now, or 2020-2025. 91?/100.
The Story Wines Wetgate Vineyard Shiraz 2012, Grampians, VIC
$45 direct from winery. Dark black-ruby colour with a thin purple rim. This Westgate shiraz is so much more pretty than the Henty Shiraz. Fresh, youthful aromas of blackberries, blueberries, black cherry jam, hints of rose and lavender. A dry, medium-bodied wine, silky texture, high acidity, with a medium load of young, grippy tannins. The use of whole bunch ferment feels much toned down compared to the Henty shiraz, and that’s a good thing. I get a much more forward and better appreciation of the rich, pure fruit flavours. Blackberries, peppercorns, cherry, dark plums, hint of bay leaf. 14% alc. A well-framed wine that will drink well for quite awhile. Drink now – 2024+. 92/100.