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 2021 was a wonderful vintage and this wine really captures that. A long cool vintage with nice cooler nights during the peak of ripening from Feb to March allowing for excellent flavour development, acid structure and balance. Sourced from the Castine’s old vine Morella Watervale estate, the fruit has often been used in a number of great producers in the area. A below average winter rainfall followed by a warm dry Spring saw low yields on many blocks however Riesling delivered solid yields.

Cool New Year temps slowed ripening and allowed great colour and flavour development. Watervale is the most well known of the 7 sub regions of the Clare Valley. Ranging in altitude from 390 mtrs to 460 mtrs with loam over limestone soils, cool summer nights and good water retention produces consistently clean fruit flavours. The Rosie’s patch site is one of the highest altitude sites which delivers great high natural acid. A clean, easy, fresh drinking Watervale Riesling with hints of orange blossom and white flowers. Citrus, lemon, lime fill the mid palate texture with crunchy acidity.


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Blossom 24 GRS is Shut the Gates off dry Riesling, sitting at 24 grams of natural residual fruit sugar that delivers luscious fruit salad flavours but finishes refreshingly clean and so very fresh. Designed to drink young with spicy dishes or as a lively aperitif given it sits at 10% abv as well as a result of stop ferment. Clare Valley Riesling is world class and traditionally produced as a dry style. This “off dry” is proving to be increasingly popular with both serious Riesling fans. Germanic Mosel region Rieslings are an international benchmark for this style. Produced from the same vineyard as the Rosie’s patch, the site is wonderful for this style as well.


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Produced from high grade Watervale fruit- the Grace family vineyard. A Watervale block well known in the Clare Valle and only free run juice used, no pressings and cold fermented to capture all the delicate fruit flavours. Zippy natural acid finish. Tight lemon, lime with a light tropical sherbet flavour. Quite a layered mid palate with a little texture this vintage. Lovely line of lively natural acidity gives the persistence and length. Beautifully balanced Riesling, and very precise example of Watervale fruit. 2021 is highly regarded as a very strong Riesling vintage in the Clare Valley despite the continuing dry conditions. A long cool vintage with cold nights during the peak ripening period February and March allowed good flavour development, balance and great acid retention.


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The Ripple Iron is Shut the Gates take on classic Italian Sangiovese. Soft and juicy with a touch of orange peel and a core of raspberry flavour. A completely integrated mid weight red wine that appears seamless finishing with chalky savory tannins. Sourced from the cool Polish Hill River Valley sub region of the Clare Valley. Cool nights off set the late afternoon heat of late February. This Sangiovese has fresh fruity flavours of olives and a little spiciness, but it readily takes on oaky, even tarry, flavours when aged in barrels.

The vineyard is relatively high with the highest point planted at 520 mtrs. Large temperature changes within 24 hours creates a unique climate that produces world class Rieslings, Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec however southern European varieties such as Sangiovese are proving to be consistent quality alternatives.


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The Foragers Shiraz is rich, spicy and a plummy example of Clare Valley Shiraz. 2018 turned out to be the ideal red ripening year with good soil moisture from the previous 2017 winter rains. Even though the peak ripening season was particularly hot with several heatwaves the vines kept their canopy and the red fruit had intense colours and flavours during ferment. Firm tannins cradling rich fruit resulted in exceptional dry reds across most varieties. dark forest berries with intense spice balanced by fine by firm tannins. Some mocha, dark chocolate and coffee cradled in firm savory tannins. Clare Valley Shiraz often sits in the shadow of the neighboring Barossa Valley however in many ways the Clare Shiraz offers elegance and approachability at amazing value. A single site wine, picked from a single block of Watervale Shiraz that has some pedigree of consistently flavoursome spicy Shiraz.


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This Spanish take by Shut the Gate on a Wrattonbully single vineyard selection of 10 tonnes purchased from the Bird family vineyard. Wrattonbully lies between Padthaway and Coonawarra in the terra rossa-rich rolling hill country of South Australia’s Naracoorte Ranges. 2019 saw good spring rains Wrattonbully saw only 72% of its annual rainfall with no rain after Dec, but Jan and Feb were above average temperatures and March and April provided perfect ripening conditions for reds. Dried herbs, cooked spices with hints of plum cocoa with hints of dark bitter chocolate, supple tannins are a hallmark of the variety. The palate is spicy, with coffee bean and dark olive flavours with supple tannins. Hints of thyme and basil on the nose compliment its juicy palate and make this a delicious moreish food wine.


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An Italian take from Wrattonbully, the fruit for the Barbera was sourced from the Bold Vineyard in the Wrattonbully region, South Eastern South Australia. The vineyard features classic Terra Rossa soils and is a low cropping premium site. This wine offers up very intense aromas of fresh red and black berries with a distinctive regional dried herb scent. Aromas of fresh picked basil and rosemary and black cherries, sweet blueberry and hints of vanilla oak notes on the palate. Fine savory tannins and bright racy acid finishes the wine beautifully. Barbera is the third most planted variety in Italy and was planted here in the 1960s. Wrattonbully’s soil make up and terroir make for idyllic conditions for the variety.


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Handpicked from a historic Leasingham centurion vineyard where the vines are some of the oldest of the variety in the region and crop at less than 2 tonnes an acre. Small berries on low weight bunches harbor powerful flavours and high quality tannins. Cold soaked ore ferment. Small batch ferments in 2 and 4 tonne open bins over a 12 day period using natural yeast and hand plunging. The wine was left on skins for 15 days to enhance tannin complexity maximising flavour and length. Then pressed to tank and racked to oak after 4 days (25% new French oak; 75% seasoned oak) for a total of 2 years. 2018 was an outstanding red year in the Clare Valley. Warm to hot summer temperatures after the last wet winter for several years to come produced rich powerful reds of supreme weight and quality. Rich and layered, black briar fruits on a plush mid palate. Juicy and fruit driven, hints of liquorice and coffee bean. Some oak sheen, nuttiness and spice. A strong finish with quality long, fine and velvet tannins. A powerful yet elegant style, with sweet ripe plum with a touch of all spice on the palate.