Cultivars: Mostly Shiraz for the fruit and juicy tannins. A bit of Tannat and Durif to add structure and add more complexity, richness and layers of flavour.
Origin: Loosely grouped together vineyards
So what is the idea?
The lesser spotted winemaker spread his wings. After finally graduating, the lesser spotted winemaker spread his wings and did a harvest in McLaren Vale, South Australia and Bédarrides in the south of France. With a surfboard, naturally.
The two contrasting views, one that of a more scientific approach, the other and generations of knowledge and experience both garnered his respect and admiration. Sideslip grew from the experimental 2019 Takeoff Red and balances both these approaches. It speaks more of a regional red wine instead of a single block, single cultivar. More a choir than a solo performer with an ardent local accent. A true expression of a sunshine wine. Supple tannins make the 2020 vintage accessible from a young age, but the best still lies ahead.
Altitude is like money in the bank, speed is like money in hand. Too much of either one does not make a good landing. Enter Sideslip – a fast controlled descent by making your plane less aerodynamic. Sometimes, to achieve one’s objective, the answer is counterintuitive.
This wine comes from a group of vineyards closely bunched together. More blood, sweat and tears than new wood or other fancy aging regimes. The process was controlled and a little unorthodox, but sets you up for a marvellous sensory experience. A smooth glide to touchdown.
Sam 17:29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”