2021 Zig Zag Rd. Shiraz
Notes of: 1 wine fairy, 3 extraordinary friends, 25 disobedient ducks & a billion microorganisms
Following on from the monumental success of the shiraz 2019 (an ‘exceptional’ wine, awarded 94 points by James Halliday. Ahem!), here is another medium/light bodied Beaujolais style of shiraz. It’s elegant, young and vibrant, full of primary fruit, has a balanced acid, with a beautiful ‘nouveau’, clarified colour. The perfect wine to have on a warm Friday evening before heading out to town (sorry, Zoom). Perfect chilled or at room temperature.
We picked this batch from a lovely vineyard in Heathcote (we used the Zig Zag Rd. grapes this year for our sparkling shiraz – coming soon), in the Mt. Camel Ranges. Like the 2019 shiraz, we picked very early, extracted lightly with our hands and feet, and pressed only a few days after the harvest. We racked into aged barrels for 4 months, cold stabilized, filtered and bottled as a youthful wine. We wild fermented using indigenous yeasts, and did as little as possible in the winery.
This is unconventional shiraz wine making territory, and we are so happy with the result.
We think it’s as nice (if not nicer) than the shiraz 2019.
It follows our push for leaner, lighter, gentler wines, and gives us so much energy for the future of wines at Zig Zag Rd.