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2021 Bourke & Travers 'Single Vineyard' Shiraz

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Original price $40.00 - Original price $40.00
Original price
$40.00
$40.00 - $40.00
Current price $40.00

Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia

Grape: Shiraz

Culinary Suggestions: Grilled Meats, Sausages, Hard Cheeses, Peppery Beef Jerky

Vineyard Practice: Sustainable, Vegan


About

Bourke & Travers began in 1996 when David Travers purchased 44 hectares of land in the north western Clare Valley, between Sevenhill and Armagh, and began planting it to Rhone-style varietals. He planted 4 hectares of Shiraz in 1998, 0.7 hectares of Mourvèdre in 2016 and 1 hectare of bushvine Grenache in 2021. He is passionate about farming and continues to grow fruit for other wine companies. Our shiraz has been in Penfolds St Henri, Penfolds 389, Leasingham Classic Clare and Kilikanoon Oracle. Our philosophy is quite simple – grow the best possible fruit in the vineyard and don't over complicate it in the winery.

Our approach (which is minimalist and sustainable) means not using herbicides, pesticides or insecticides in our vineyards. We use what is called integrated pest management (or IPM) where good bugs are encouraged to eat bad bugs. We occasionally use organic fungicides, but only when required.

We took this minimalist philosophy into the winery when we began making wine in 2010. This means hand picking, whole bunch, foot stomping, gentle de-stemming, natural yeast, small open top fermenters, hand plunging and basket pressing are among the tools and techniques we deploy.

The Bourke & Travers property spans four typically steep western Clare stony ridges and gullies between Sevenhill and Armagh. The land undulates between 405-473m above sea level, the altitude drawing important cooling southerly evening gully breezes from Skillogalee and Penwortham during the ripening period.

The seismic soils on the property are among the oldest vineyard soils in the world. The three vineyards are planted on a mix of naturally sodic and acidic soils, which comprise:

  • Shiraz (Hill Block 41). Planted in 1998 on sandy loam over red clay on quartzite ridges and terra rossa [sandy loam over limestone] (458-465m above sea level);
  • Mourvèdre (House Block 40A). Planted in 2016 on loam over red clay on siltstone gravel (422-426m above sea level); and
  • Grenache (Bush Block 40B). Planted in 2021 on sandy loam over red clays, limestone and quartzite bedrock and rock fragments (427-447m).
Distinct micro-terroirs and altitudes allow us to hand pick and ferment specific parcels from within the three vineyards. - Winery Website