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2017 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

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Sensational quality wine from the Orange, NSW wine growing region.

2017 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

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2017 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

264.00

2017 Big Men In Tights (caution, may contain traces of nuts) 

"About as pink as the pre-Adani shores of the Galilee Basin, this miracle of turning whole-bunch pressed Malbec into wine is believed to enable disciples to walk on water. Particularly suited to Middle Eastern loaves and fishes dishes, devotees have been known to sermonise about the inviting creamy strawberry aromatics of this pristine miracle of renewable nature in a glass.  Unlike the Adani atrocity, no Great Barrier Reefs, Artesian Basins, coastal wetlands, mangroves or endangered species have been undermined in the production of this carbon-neutral revelation."

Al/Vol 12.5%

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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 and Spring was awash. In June July August we recorded 529.4 mm  when the long term median at Bloodwood is 234.5 mm. (i.e. 225 % more than median)

Spring rainfall over September, October and November saw 432.6 mm fall against the long term median of 218.07 mm. (98% above median)

Summer, though was warm, stable and dry with only 2 mm of rain for February. With very good fruit set and so much available moisture in the soil profile, we suffered little with record heat in early February. We recorded 41.4 C on 12/2/2017 which is 1.7C higher than ever before recorded at Bloodwood. Provided the vine trimmer brigade didn't toothbrush their vines too savagely, the fruit mostly survived the extremes of the February heat. Depending upon the elevation of your vineyard, the early whites and reds were safely into the wineries before the deluge in March. I recorded 173 mm at Bloodwood for March against a long term median of 53 mm. So, like 2014, you had to be light on your feet with the later varieties. Sunshine and calm warmth returned from about 20th March so most managed to get their late reds off. Like vintage 14 though, 13% al/vol is the new 14%..no bad thing really. 

Yields were good across all varieties although Chardonnay vineyards was a little shy. The crop load played it's part in delaying harvest even though we had record warmth during summer.

Vintage 2017 gave us something to like across all varieties. Pinot Noir, Malbec, Merlot and Chardonnay are strong and I like what I see in both Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.  It's a year of good volume and good quality. despite the untimely rainfall in March and the extreme heat of February.

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 3.19

Acidity 5.8 g/l

Alc/Vol 12.5% q

Tasting Notes

"About as pink as the pre-Adani shores of the Galilee Basin, this miracle of turning whole-bunch pressed Malbec into wine is believed to enable disciples to walk on water. Particularly suited to Middle Eastern loaves and fishes dishes, devotees have been known to sermonise about the inviting creamy strawberry aromatics of this pristine miracle of renewable nature in a glass.  Unlike the Adani atrocity, no Great Barrier Reefs, Artesian Basins, coastal wetlands, mangroves or endangered species have been undermined in the production of this carbon-neutral revelation.
 

Al/Vol 12.5%

James Halliday Wine Companion tasting notes

Campbell Mattinson - Published on 01 Mar 2018

It sits somewhere between copper and crimson in colour terms and somewhere between rose and dry red stylistically. There's certainly plenty to wrap your lips around for a rose. Cranberry, redcurrant, orange oil, roses and assorted dry spices. Not a bad line up of flavours/aromas. You can take this anywhere.

 

92 points to 2020

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
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