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Genders Park Drive Shiraz/Cabernet 2000

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    The wine is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Genders family vineyard in McLaren Vale. The Shiraz is grown on black Biscay soil. The fruit and resultant wine show strong characters of licorice and brambles and a spicy aftertaste. The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on brown soil. Its flavors are of soft cassis.

    The different fruit parcels were fermented separately in small stainless steel static fermenters at the Genders winery. The components of the blend were aged separately in predominantly American oak barriques for nine months then blended and returned to barrel for a further two months prior to bottling.

    The blend shows the different characters from the two vineyard parcels. It has an array of flavors from pepper and spice through to plums. The hazy oak is in the background to support the fruit flavors.

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    Keith Genders bought the property known as McLaren Park in 1948. It is a twenty-seven acre property in the heart of McLaren Vale, almost in the township proper. The vineyards, which surround the winery, are on the distinctive, blank, Bay of Biscay soil, which is underlaid by limestone which is quite often near the surface.

    Keith was a vigneron until 1968 when he decided to build the first of the winery sheds and started making his own wine. It was the first of the "new" small wineries of the area. Keith continued making wine in his small sheds and decided to semi-retire during the mid 1980's. During this time the vineyard was replanted and the winemaking sheds leased to other winemakers.

    Meanwhile, Keith's daughter, Diana, was following in her father's footsteps and had become a winemaker. She obtained her degree in wine science and had spent several years gaining experience at other wineries. It was at this time that Keith had decided that retirement was too boring and came back to work with Diana. The Genders have been producing stunning wines from McLaren Vale ever since.

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    A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

    Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing and there is a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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