barossa valley shiraz, 2015


We’re excited to tell you about our newest project, Mother Tongue Shiraz. We launched last year with the 2014 vintage, and it sold out in short order.

Debra and I have been making wine in the Barossa valley of Australia since 2001. We love to drink Shiraz, and believe that the sandy floor of Vine Vale in the Barossa is home to the greatest Shiraz on earth.

The Kraft family vineyard, where we source our grapes, is an amazing place with 80-plus year-old vines. The 2015 vintage had below average rainfall and above average sunshine, making these gnarly old vines work extra hard.

As a result, the juice from this fruit is more concentrated. We then lay the grapes in rich oak Taransaud barrels for a couple years before bringing it to you.

Much like the sold out 2014, there is only a small amount of the 2015 so if you would like some please let us know quickly.

As many of you know, I like a good film every now and then, so I took a crew out to the Barossa to sit with our longtime winemaker Christian Canute, and our grower Shane Kraft. I asked them what makes these old vines so special, and here is what they had to say…