Pirates were the outlaws, the one?s who broke the rules , the fighters, the one?s who lust after life with gusto. They drank with a passion that was truly magnificant. For pirates liquor was the saviour; it soothed the heat of the sun and made the dark nights brighter. This blend is an ode to those salty sea dogs we left behind and those still sailing. Those willing to break the rules and live a life according to nothing but passion and the pursuit of personal desire.
The 2020 vintage was characterised by low yeilds, late ripening and higher acidity. Due to this there is only 92 doz made this year. The Pirate Blend contains three Portuguese varieties: Touriga Nacional for structure and depth. Tinta Cao for aroma and finesse. Sousao is the darkest berry I know, and you know what they say, the darker the berry, the sweeter the fruit. All the fruit was hand picked from 40 year old dry grown vines in Yallingup. The wine was both bunch and berry sorted prior to softening for 15 months in barrique
Ruby red in hue. The wine displays notes of sweet spice, cinnamon, clove, plum compote, blueberry and dark chocolate. Soft silky tannins with an exotic mix of red berry fruit sweetness and cocoa on the palate. Long, complex and an intriguing finish.
Variety: 65% Touriga Nacional 25% Tinta Cao 10% Souzao
Vineyard: Yallingup, Margaret River
Soil: Gravelly loam
Quantity: 92 doz
Maturation: 15 months in barrique
Closure: Diam and hand wax