Within his line up, Alex makes two wines he calls The Blonde and The Brunette, referencing the famous Côte Brune and Côte Blonde of Côte-Rôtie in northern Rhône. The Brunette is sourced from a single vineyard in Moppa (Barossa) and tends to be a little more tannic, rustic and structured.
It’s made with 100% shiraz, wild yeasts and open-fermented with 20% skin retention and 2 weeks on skins post ferment. Matured in French barriques (33% new) this has a Stelvin closure and is 14.5% alcohol.
"Deep crimson; superb mouthfeel and varietal expression are anchored by red and black cherry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, but not heavy." 97 points. James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion) and a Special Value rating to boot.