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From time to time you may find some ramblings from our winemaker here: on new release wines, seasonal updates, interesting experiences or a bee in his bonnet.  

Wes Pearson
 
12 March 2021 | Wes Pearson

2021 Vintage Progress

2021 Vintage Progress

We find ourselves about ½ way through the 2021 vintage at this point. So far, I think it would be fair to say that we are in the midst of an excellent vintage. The growing season this year has been different to the last few that we have seen here in McLaren Vale. The winter brought us some good rainfall – something that we haven’t seen in a few years. This set up a good fruit set on the vines in the spring, with moderate and calm weather allowing for proper flowering and fruit set. The summer season brought us what can best be described as moderate temperatures, with only one prolonged hot stretch, but even that was mild by previous years’ standards. The result is a crop of quality and quantity. For grapegrowers and winemakers, this is a welcome result after a couple years of poor yields. One of the interesting characteristics of the fruit this vintage is intense colours and flavour development, al lower ripeness levels. I would attribute this to the many cool nights that we have had over the ripening period – more so than usual from my experience. This has allowed for a very measured and consistent development of colour and flavour in the grapes. So far, the resulting wines have bright, vibrant, and deep colour, with balanced acidity and incredible flavour concentration. It’s a bit of a cliché, but they say great wines are made in the vineyard, and that is certainly the case this year. You know it’s going to be a great season when the grapes arrive at the winery and you don’t have to do anything to them. I always refer to myself as a babysitter, I’m just there to guide the grapes and try to just stay out of the way. Some years that’s easier to do than others, and this is one of those years.

Time Posted: 12/03/2021 at 3:24 PM
Wes Pearson
 
26 February 2021 | Wes Pearson

Our label collaboration

Our label collaboration

Another interesting part of our wines this year is our label collaboration. All of this year’s Juxtaposed wines’ labels have been done as a collaboration with Verb Syndicate Creative Studio in Wollongong. They have been curating the Wollongong and Port Kembla street art festivals ‘Wonderwalls’ over the past few years. I wanted to continue the Juxtaposed wines’ connection to modern culture, while shifting gears a little bit. Urban street art has gone from bombing your name up on the subway cars of NYC in the late 70s to the modern representations you’ll see on these labels, but hasn’t lost that authentic, elemental attachment to the street and the b-boy and girl culture that goes along with it.

www.verbsyndicate.com

www.wonederwallsfestival.com

Time Posted: 26/02/2021 at 5:31 PM
Wes Pearson
 
26 February 2021 | Wes Pearson

2019 Dodgy Bros ‘Sellicks Foothills’ Shiraz

2019 Dodgy Bros ‘Sellicks Foothills’ Shiraz

Fruit from the Dry Creek vineyard in Ryan rd in the Sellicks Foothills. Typical McLaren Vale generosity and fruit concentration. Bang for your buck. All fruit, no artefact. $25 RRP

Time Posted: 26/02/2021 at 5:29 PM
Wes Pearson
 
5 February 2021 | Wes Pearson

2019 Doggy Bros 'The Delemma'

2019 Doggy Bros 'The Delemma'

Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stillwell Vineyard (60%) in McLaren Vale and Cabernet Franc (40%) from the Sommerville Vineyard in Willunga. Simple winemaking, old oak, made to be approachable in it’s youth while still having a bit of stuffing. Cabernet is a bit like the Rodney Dangerfield of McLaren Vale varieties, but it makes pretty tidy wines – can’t front. Haven’t made a Dilemma since 2014. $29 RRP.

Time Posted: 05/02/2021 at 3:20 PM
Wes Pearson
 
14 January 2021 | Wes Pearson

2020 Juxtaposed Fiano

2020 Juxtaposed Fiano

From the Lacey vineyard in the Sellicks Foothills in McLaren Vale. Not much to say about the winemaking in this one, pretty traditional. Destemmed, but whole berry pressed. Did one fermenter with full solids and racked the other one. Fermented to dryness, racked and sulphured up and put to barrel. Didn’t touch it till bottling. 120 cases, $26 RRP.

Time Posted: 14/01/2021 at 12:27 PM
Wes Pearson
 
8 January 2021 | Wes Pearson

2019 Juxtaposed Old Vine Shiraz’s

2019 Juxtaposed Old Vine Shiraz’s

When I was putting the blends together this year I tasted the two wines that ended being bottled on their own and there was just so much unique character between the two. Add in the fact that the Sherry vineyard was sold in late 2019 and we will no longer have access to that fruit, and I thought that it was appropriate to bottle an homage to the vineyard that has been the source of much of our Shiraz grapes for the past few years.

  • Sherry Vineyard ‘Old Block’: planted in 1955, less sand than typical Blewitt Springs, with a bit of ironstone as well. Kind of sitting between a Blewitt and Clarendon soil profile. Always find this wine to be more red fruit driven and concentrated, but always light on its feet, even as the ripeness increases.
  • Wait Vineyard ‘Sandy Old Block’: Planted 1963, classic Blewitt Springs soil profile – beach. Always dark in colour and fruit profile. Usually the structural component in both my Shiraz and Grenaches. Really nice vineyard.

Both these wines see large format, old French and Hungarian oak. No filtering and wouldn’t even know what to do if I had to fine something. Around 100 cases production for each and $37 RRP.

Time Posted: 08/01/2021 at 9:56 AM
Wes Pearson
 
11 December 2020 | Wes Pearson

We can reflect

We can reflect

Now that the 2019 red and 2020 Fiano are in bottle, we can reflect a little bit on what they actually deliver and how they compare to previous wines and vintages. 2019 was generally speaking a pretty good year. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was a great vintage, but it was pretty good. I’d say similar to maybe 2015 and 2013. The one hiccup in 2019 was a prolonged heat spell late January that affected some of the fruit in some of the region, depending on variety and maturity. Looking back I definitely saw this heat wave manifest itself in the quality of the Fiano grapes when they were harvested, and to some of the other Shiraz sites that we harvest a bit earlier. The cooler Shiraz sites and the Grenache were relatively unharmed by the heat, as they were still immature at that point and just shook it off. That’s good news for most of our wines, as (other than the Fiano which comes from only one source) all our wines are made of multiple vineyards, and the cooler Vale sites really shone in 2019. Our two Blewitt Springs Shiraz vineyards and Grenache from Clarendon and Blewitt as well all excelled in 2019. The 2020 Fiano was a breeze, with the grapes coming into the winery at the perfect ripeness and maturity. The only problem with 2020 was that there wasn’t any crop! Overall the 2020 vintage is excellent quality wise, but it’s terrible quantity wise. Our reds will be in short supply, but for now we have 120 cases of the 2020 Fiano ready to go and couldn’t be happier with the quality.

Time Posted: 11/12/2020 at 3:20 PM
Wes Pearson
 
13 November 2020 | Wes Pearson

2019 Red Wine and 2020 Fiano

2019 Red Wine and 2020 Fiano

2019 was generally speaking a pretty good year. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was a great vintage, but it was pretty good. I’d say similar to maybe 2015 and 2013. The one hiccup in 2019 was a prolonged heat spell late January that affected some of the fruit in some of the region, depending on variety and maturity. Looking back I definitely saw this heat wave manifest itself in the quality of the Fiano grapes when they were harvested, and to some of the other Shiraz sites that we harvest a bit earlier. The cooler Shiraz sites and the Grenache were relatively unharmed by the heat, as they were still immature at that point and just shook it off. That’s good news for most of our wines, as (other than the Fiano which comes from only one source) all our wines are made of multiple vineyards, and the cooler Vale sites really shone in 2019. Our two Blewitt Springs Shiraz vineyards and Grenache from Clarendon and Blewitt as well all excelled in 2019. The 2020 Fiano was a breeze, with the grapes coming into the winery at the perfect ripeness and maturity. The only problem with 2020 was that there wasn’t any crop! Overall the 2020 vintage is excellent quality wise, but it’s terrible quantity wise. Our reds will be in short supply, but for now we have 120 cases of the 2020 Fiano ready to go and couldn’t be happier with the quality.  

Time Posted: 13/11/2020 at 10:25 AM
Wes Pearson
 
11 November 2020 | Wes Pearson

2019 Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache

2019 Juxtaposed Old Vine Grenache

A blend of the Smart Vineyard in Clarendon and the Wait Vineyard in Blewitt Springs. The Wait vineyard will be 80 in a couple years and the Smart Vineyard will be 100 next year. I consider myself pretty lucky to get this fruit. It is in seriously short supply and considering the heavy hitters in McLaren Vale chasing fruit from these sites I’m not sure how I manage to pull this off every year. Not really much to say about the wine. Bottled it a little later than I normally do by about 3 months for no other reason as I was busy as hell trying to get my PhD over the line. It goes into large format old oak, don’t really do anything to it other that top the barrels over the year. Juist trying to make an honest expression of McLaren Vale Grenache. Still $29 RRP.

Time Posted: 11/11/2020 at 3:53 PM
 

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