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Every wine region in the world can usually be divided into various sub-regions, small pockets that perform differently, and are known to produce wines in a particular way, or distinctive style. For McLaren Vale, there are various sub-regions or districts that are recognised, from McLaren Flat’s fertile soils, to the dense black clay in the heart of McLaren Vale.
Over the years at Tintara we have utilised these sub-regions and their distinctive features to make our wines, but beginning in 2004, we decided to highlight these areas with a range of sub-regional, and often single-vineyard wines, handcrafted using traditional open fermentation and basket pressing techniques.
One of these wines is the Blewitt Springs Shiraz – a sub region that is distinctive due to its ancient sandy soils located above a deeper clay soil. This holds the moisture by ensuring the clay doesn't dry out. This sub region is renowned in the McLaren Vale district for producing wines that are of a unique style with intensely aromatic sweet fruit and fine tight structures – the hallmarks of Blewitt Springs. This single dry grown bush vine vineyard wine expresses these traits beautifully with a wine of balance and purity of fruit.
For James Halliday, the 2015 new release vintage of this wine evoked one of the famed regions of France: “This is a northern Rhône lookalike, with spicy savoury background to its beautifully structured and textured palate, full of spice, purple and black fruits and fine tannins. Rating 97 To 2040 $80”