Shiraz 2018

Don't tell Gary
Shiraz 2018
The DTG Shiraz is a beautiful dark garnet colour with black cherry, blueberry and mixed spice on the nose. Hints of pepper and soft oak spice are beautifully integrated with blackberry fruits and medium bodied silky tannins.
Don't tell Gary
Shiraz 2018
$23.99
Region: Victoria
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.0%
Best Consumed: 2020 - 2026
Wine Accolades
GOLD MEDAL Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
GOLD MEDAL NZ International Wine Show 2019
BRONZE MEDAL Rutherglen Wine Show 2019
★★★★★ WINESTATE Central & Western Victoria Wine Show 2019
★★★★ WINESTATE New Release March/April Wine Show 2019

TOP Shiraz ★★★★★ Cuisine Magazine 2020
If you’re wondering who Gary is... he’s the winery accountant and the accountant is the last person to know when a winemaker goes rogue. Which is exactly what McPherson Wines winemaker, Jo Nash, did when she found an exceptional parcel of shiraz grapes in a single vineyard in Victoria, South Australia, which had been established in 1998. A covert winemaking operation ensued with wild yeast, open-top fermentation, allegedly extraordinarily expensive oak and minimal intervention in the winery with the intention to let the fruit shine through. I don’t know if Gary ever did find out. A warm, dry vintage in 2018 meant grapes had to be picked quickly to ensure the quality of fruit needed for a wine like Don’t Tell Gary. This wine is all about allowing the fruit to sing and, boy, does it; this is a delicious example of a cooler-climate shiraz with floral blueberry and blackberry fruits and just a hint of pepper spice. The succulent berry and black-fruit characters flow on through to the palate with acidity and silky tannin polish supporting a luxe finish. Perfectly described by head judge Ben as a shiraz with poise, presence and personality.
Viticulturist Notes
Fruit for the DTG Shiraz was sourced from a single vineyard established in 1998 in the rugged, mountainous Grampians region of Victoria. Wines from this region typically produce characters of elegance, power and beauty with staying power. The wine was fermented with wild yeast, in open pots, hand plunged twice a day for 10 days. As soon as primary fermentation was complete, the wine was racked into 500L French Oak Puncheons (80% New Oak, 20% 1 Year Old), where it was left to go through malolactic fermentation. With minimal intervention, the viticulture/winemaking was more important than ever.
Wine Harvest Notes
Another season has come and gone and we are once again astounded by the joys and challenges that Mother Nature continually throws our way! 2018 is a very good year for quality, the season was warm and dry and we were kept on our toes as once we started picking everything ripened up pretty quickly. Intense flavours came in late this year - holding off picking to allow maximum flavour means alcohol in the grapes will also marginally rise - so resulting alcohols will be a little higher than we saw in 2017. The whites are all fruit forward, with lovely fresh acidity whilst the reds have excellent colour and flavour to match. This vintage is a beauty and subsequently we have made some cracking wines in 2018.
Food Recommendations
This is a special occasion wine. Drink with like-minded wine lovers who enjoy sticking it to the man! Take a moment to admire the gorgeous colour of the wine, then it’s a perfect.

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