Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Whitsend & Oakridge Vineyards Yarra Valley Shiraz

Inclusion of stalks in ther ferment of Yarra shiraz is a delicate art, finding a balance of exotic spice and texture, without diminishing the expression of fruit and sense of place. Dave Bicknell has gauged it just right here, with the anise, sarsaparilla and cola of whole bunches coalescing seamlessly with the supple, generous fruit characters of plums, blackberries and black cherries. An elegant shiraz at a lively 13.7%, drawn out long and fine with supple tannins and graceful texture. $32 direct.