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Hopes End Red Blend 2016

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3.9 25 Ratings
0% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine was born of a journey across the World. The hope of the travellers all but ended when they reached the shore. Little did they realize that in the darkest of places beauty and brilliance thrive.

Aromas of boysenberry and cherry jam. On the palate, forest fruit jam and vanilla with subtle oak, a hint of chocolate and a velvety, smooth finish.

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Deep, sandy loam over limestone soils marks the terroir where Shiraz, Grenache, Malbec and Petit Verdot grow for this deeply engaging red from Angove Family Winemakers. Aromas of spiced oak and perfumed blackberry engage the senses. The flavors are indulgent yet held in check: violets, mocha-earth and cinnamon blueberry. The plush mouthfeel offers an extended finish.
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Hopes End

Hopes End

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Hopes End, Australia
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A wine inspired by the true story of thousands of 19th century free travelers who willingly journeyed by sea from London to the far side of the world in 1886. Instead they arrived at Port Misery, South Australia…a dark swamp like place of lawlessness, low morals and high vice, far from the promising new beginnings they sought. At that moment they thought, if HOPE had brought them here, to this dismal place, then surely this was ‘Hopes End.” And so it was named.

Among these free travelers was a young doctor, who had the remarkable idea to make a new kind of tonic for his patients, wine. With this new idea came new beginnings, so in that moment they stopped always hoping for a better tomorrow, and decided to live for the day.

HOPES END is named for the place where our wine began, in South Australia 1886. Our Austrailian red blend’s wine’s journey also begins in HOPE, with the bright sunlight of our hot South Australian summers and the purity of our vines and grapes.

Australia

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute labels, though both can certainly be found here. Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet, along with a huge range of landscapes and climates; it is impossible to make generalizations about Australian wine. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry weather, and those in more coastal areas receiving humid and tropical, or maritime weather patterns. 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 are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

Other Red Blends

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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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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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