19 Crimes Red Blend 2016
Story behind the label: John Boyle O’Reilly was an Irish born poet who was arrested for mutiny in 1866. Sentenced to 20 years servitude in the Australian penal colony of Bunbury, O’Reilly eventually struck up a romantic liaison with the constable’s daughter. Although the relationship ended badly, O’Reilly was never destined to spend his life in one place and struck a deal with a Catholic priest who helped him arrange a daring escape plan. With his creativity and commitment to romantic adventure, John Boyle O’Reilly truly embodies the poetic history of Australia and 19 Crimes wines.
Nineteen Crimes turned criminals into Colonists.
Upon conviction, British rogues, guilty of at least one of the 19 Crimes, were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by ‘transportation’ began in 1788, and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick. This wine celebrates the rules they broke and they culture they built.