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Imprimata Proprietary Red 2009

Other Red Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Imprimata aims to be in the best expression of this McLaren Vale vineyard. In the case of the inaugural vintage, it is a blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Petite Sirah. The Tahbilk clone of Shiraz tends to produce wines that are reminiscent of the northern Rhone revealing more lifted violet and spice character. Petite Sirah is naturally higher in acid tannin and color bringing structure and minerality to the blend. The wine is made by Ben Glaetzer who shares Hammershlag's vision of wines that walk the line between power and elegance always finding balance between the two.

Blend: 80% Shiraz, 20% Petite Sirah

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 80% Shiraz and 20% Petite Sirah, the 2009 Proprietary Red reveals a very deep purple-black color and aromas of black cherry compote, warm blackberries and mulberries over hints of dark chocolate, yeast extract, Indian spices and black olives. Full bodied with a wonderful concentration of muscular black fruit and savory flavors, it has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and crisp acid, finishing with a great persistence of pure blackberry flavors with some earthiness coming through. Approachable now, it should drink best 2013 to 2022+.
Range: 94+
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Imprimata, McLaren Vale, Australia
Epicurean Wines is proud to announce the inaugural release of Imprimata, a Shiraz-Petite Sirah blend from the Australian property of Benjamin Hammerschlag. An old skeleton blue gum tree that stands on the McLaren Vale property marks the source of this collaboration between renowned winemaker Ben Glaetzer and Epicurean's founder, Benjamin Hammerschlag. The partnership has resulted in only 500 coveted cases of intensely elegant, complex and focused single vineyard Shiraz and Petite Sirah.

Concurrent with his passion for seeking out Australia's best wines, Hammerschlag began his quest for the perfect piece of property for his own wine. His search ended at one of the highest points in McLaren Vale in the sub-district of Seaview, known for producing fruit with a track record for the highest quality. The Imprimata vineyard consists of ironstone and clay over limestone and benefits from cool maritime breezes each afternoon. Upon securing this location, Hammerschlag got to work in the vineyard selecting 2 clones of Shiraz: 1654, which is very typical of South Australia and Tabhilk, sourced from the oldest winery in Victoria and more reminiscent of the northern Rhone. In addition to Shiraz, the vineyard is also planted with Petite Sirah, a varietal that is naturally higher in acid, tannin and color, thereby enhancing the wine's mineral character and providing structure to the blend.

His Winemaker: With a relationship rooted in 10 years of friendship, Ben Glaetzer and Benjamin Hammerschlag share a common vision of producing wines that while they exhibit a distinct ripeness, richness and power also are balanced and vibrant.

McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol, with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style, as are ripe, tropical-fruited Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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 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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