2021 JC's Own Stratum (Shiraz) - Barossa Valley

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"Shiraz has a long and varied history in Australia. Blended with Cabernet, it created classic Australian claret, it props up Grenache in our GSM blends and we even had the Shiraz Viognier fad, which to be honest, wasn’t my favourite. Viognier was getting planted over a decade ago to fulfil this, but then it sort of moved on like any other trend.

What to do with these Viognier vines then - graft them to Shiraz of course, a layer of new vines on a mature root base. Interestingly, Viognier is extremely close in DNA sampling to Shiraz and in lineage terms has a parent sibling relationship in its layer of complex history. This all occurs on my favourite soil, a layer of red clay over limestone. The fruit from here is aromatic and bright, without the cloying sweetness that some blended Shiraz Viognier can have - nice!

So many layers involved with this vineyard story, it would make sense to call this Layers Shiraz. Unfortunately, this was trademarked so I used the Thesaurus and Stratum was the next best thing." JC

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