2010 The Fruit Bat Single Vineyard Shiraz
The Story Behind The Name
An old shearing shed on the property is home to tiny fruit bats that live in the old hessian wool sacks. The vineyard is watched over by fourth generation winemaker Chester Osborn, depicted on the front label as a wild pixie hanging ‘bat-like’ from the distinctive red stripe.
Plenty of lift on the nose, just like its neighbouring vineyard, Little Venice. It shows more white pepper and fennel, mulberries and plums too, mixed with a pinch of dried flowers.
A peppery fennel entry to the palate, very fresh and spicy, a touch of fresh black olives with juicy raspberries coming to mind as the most obvious fruit. The tannins are elegant, long and mineral. There’s a vibrancy here with moreish texture and fine balance.
Altitude: 97m above sea level
Size (area) 2.5 hectares
Soil: half brown loam on limestone & half sandy loam on limestone
Aspect: Slightly Eastern
Sub-Region: Beautiful View
Age of Vines: 14 years