Wit's End, "Luna", Shiraz
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Wit's End, "Luna", Shiraz - 2021

Item # 46583 750mL

A blend of 97% Shiraz with 3% Barbera, from vines dating back to 1973. This family run winery in McLaren Vale goes back 6 generations. Aromas of red fruit, sweet spice, and a touch of oak flesh out this medium-bodied dry red. Pair with a classic sausage sizzle.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


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Staff Pick Notes

You don’t have to be at your wit’s end to really enjoy this wine, but if you were, I reckon you’d be feeling a lot better in no time. There are two things I like more than a lot of other things: Shiraz and wines that punch way above their weight, like this straight-up weeknight red that’s got serious character. There’s a playful, floral nose, and then there’s power and concentration, with satisfyingly spicy red fruits, pepper, vanilla, a touch of oak, and notes of sage and rosemary. The wine is named for an organic certified vineyard whose clay soils turn to mud when it rains, and, according to Chalk Hill Vineyards, “stick to everyone and everything it touches," driving them to their "wit’s end!” Well, I’m glad they powered through. This wine truly represents their hard work. Delicious. Vegan friendly.

- SG

Glossary

Shiraz

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it will produce. Typically, New World Shiraz yields bigger, fruitier wines than the the peppery Syrahs...

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Australia

Australian Shiraz (made from the grape called “Syrah” in other parts of the world) shows the essence of the outback: it’s big, bold, and a little rough around the edges. The vast country leaves lots of room for variation, however, with its many terroirs each yielding distinctively styled wines. The climate of South Australia’s McLaren Vale district is heavily influenced by the ocean; wines here typically show savory notes of olive and spice on the nose and deep berry flavors on the palate....

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McLaren Vale

While the Barossa is the heart of the Australian wine industry and home to many of the big players, one has only to spend an hour traveling to the South Australia's McLaren Vale to find the home of some of the smaller players on the scene. With a microclimate heavily influenced by its proximity to the ocean and varied soils rich in iron or limestone, McLaren Vale Shiraz tends to exhibit more savory notes on the nose, adding olives and spice notes to its dark berry fruits (which take on...

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South Australia

South Australia is home to nearly half the country's wine production as well as the center of premium Shiraz production. It contains the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, and Coonawarra regions.

Barbera

Barbera is grown all over Italy, but the best examples of this red grape come from Piedmont, where it is made into all manner of wines - from easy-drinking quaffers to serious, cellar-worthy bottlings. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of stodginess, however, they are generally ruby-colored, full-bodied, and highly acidic, with remarkably low levels of tannins. The areas that are most strongly associated with Barbera (for good reason) are the Alba and Asti DOCs, which consistently produce...

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