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2016 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

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We (that is, Rhonda and Stephen Doyle) planted the pioneering wine grape vineyard in the Spring of 1983. These Merlot Noir vines thrived in the warm, free-draining gravels of Bloodwood. The first vintage, yielding 650 litres of exciting varietal essence, duly followed in April 1986. Over the last three decades, we have cared for and nurtured those original vines on our Griffin Road property. Today, in their maturity, they offer the best potential for the production of the highest quality, cool climate fruit which is the enduring foundation of all our Bloodwood wine styles.

2016 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

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2016 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

264.00

2016 Big Men In Tights (caution, may contain traces of nuts) 

 

"About as red as the hair of your standard fish shop politician, this 100% #hsp free wholly Australian grown, wholly Australian made and wholly bunch-pressed rose′ of Malbec with just a touch of very bloody Franc Cabernet will thrill and delight you with its straightforwardness and its, um, umami. Now we all know that Malbec is the black grape of Cahors, but I do not believe the colour of  the skin determines whether a wine is disadvantaged in this hipster market place. Breeding and controlled extraction is the key here. Proper pinks can't all be pale but their flavours need to  assimilate and work together or we'll all be swamped by artisans.  Enjoy in moderation."

Al/Vol 13.5%

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"About as red as the hair of your standard fish shop politician, this 100% #hsp free wholly Australian grown, wholly Australian made and wholly bunch-pressed rose′ of Malbec with just a touch of very bloody Franc Cabernet will thrill and delight you with its straightforwardness and its, um, umami. Now we all know that Malbec is the black grape of Cahors, but I do not believe the colour of  the skin determines whether a wine is disadvantaged in this hipster market place. Breeding and controlled extraction is the key here. Proper pinks can't all be pale but their flavours need to  assimilate and work together or we'll all be swamped by artisans.  Enjoy in moderation." Al/Vol 13.5%

Vineyard

The grapes for our infamous BMIT are sourced from the gravelly mid slopes of the original 1983 Blend Block planting at Bloodwood. Our Malbec, which comes from an obscure, degraded mustachioed Barista clone of French origin, fruits only moderately. Even though the vineyard is trellised to a modified Scott Henry design and the soils are well drained and friable enough, yields, (unlike the wines), are never flash. (N.B. The Bloodwood Malbec Barista clone is so named because it may always be hairy up front, but it is clean-as down below.) Why do they do that???

Vintage Conditions

The Weather At Bloodwood is always the same; It's Different!

Winter/spring rainfall: Winter rainfall, (which mostly fell in early winter) was close to the average: 226.8/244.6mm while Spring rainfall was about 45% lower than average. 132.2/225mm. In summary, a very dry and cool lead in to budburst and early vine growth. 

Weather up to and including harvest; Early summer rainfall in December and January was well above average (300/147 mm) which saved yields and brought the vintage into shape. We experienced much cooler conditions in mid-summer than we have for the last few years and if early season botrytis was avoided on whites, this helped enormously. Coupled with well below average February rainfall and the driest March for more than 20 years, and we have had a wonderful run up to and through vintage. The amazing thing is that we have seen moderate alcohols; low pH readings and good T/A readings even though most fruit has been picked up to three weeks earlier than is traditional. e.g. We used to begin harvest at Bloodwood on or about 20th March with Chardonnay. This year we actually picked our (14% +) Shiraz on 20th March.  

Yield – low/moderate/high Yields were generally good across all varieties except in some vineyards caught by the extended cold outbreaks of early October to mid November. Not so much a frosting but long chill hours causing restricted spring growth in vineyards already suffering from the dry late winter and early spring and at a vulnerable stage of growth. Chardonnay seemed to bear the brunt of the yield drop in these vineyards. 
Stand out varieties; All varieties performed well this year with a slight preference to the mid season varieties like Riesling; Cabernet Franc: Merlot and Shiraz. But this is nit picking; We've had a great vintage.

Overall quality: High.

Winemaking

The Malbec for this BMIT was whole bunch pressed along with around 10% Cabernet Franc and made along traditional white winemaking lines. Following a post ferment clean-up, we allow around five months fine lees contact to help integrate the palate. After cold and protein stabilization it was sterile filtered and bottled in September 2015. And boy, did it put up a fight..the indignity of it all.

pH 3.43

Acidity 5.36 g/l

Alc/Vol 13.5%

Tasting Notes

"About as red as the hair of your standard fish shop politician, this 100% #hsp free wholly Australian grown, wholly Australian made and wholly bunch-pressed rose′ of Malbec with just a touch of very bloody Franc Cabernet will thrill and delight you with its straightforwardness and its, um, umami. Now we all know that Malbec is the black grape of Cahors, but I do not believe the colour of  the skin determines whether a wine is disadvantaged in this hipster market place. Breeding and controlled extraction is the key here. Proper pinks can't all be pale but their flavours need to  assimilate and work together or we'll all be swamped by artisans.  Enjoy in moderation." 

13.5 %Alc/Vol

Well where do we start? The highlights over the years include being praised in the top 100 Rose styles at the London International Wine Show and pilloried in the stocks of common gossip as the worst wine label in the world by bloggers not too far removed from R. Parker Jnr’s on-line site. Ah!! such are the thrills of being a wine maker in the 21st century. Pregnancies? six and counting.
— Stephen Doyle
Vivid crimson; whole bunch-pressed malbec is the tried and true formula for this fruit-filled rose overflowing with red cherry and raspberry flavours that run through the length of the delicately textured and dry palate. The hilarious back label is worth the price of the bottle, the contents free of charge.

Rating 94 points
— Mr Halliday's Review of the 2013 version