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Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2018 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

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

2018 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

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2018 Big Men in Tights (12 bottle case)

288.00

2018 Big Men In Tights

"About as puce as an amazing very, very beautiful pusillanimous Presidential peccadillo this BMIT is made from whole-bunch-pressed Malbec. Unlike Fake Brews, it even ages well, but we’ll see what happens. Now, maybe that’s wrong. I just heard that a little while ago. I’ll bet you are a little surprised to hear that, but I’ve heard from hundreds of people that tell me that’s what happens. My friend, who happens to be a very very bigly famous chef told me its great with all moslem foods except the balaclava; a lot of people don’t know that. It even smells like creamed strawberries and covfefe which is very very very not bad, believe me.

Al/Vol 13%"

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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 rainfall was 33% of the long term average and a dry Spring meant the annual rainfall was only 73% of the average. As the Orange area is a winter dominant rainfall area, we entered the growing season with moderate to severe moisture deficits. Irrigation was critical for success in season 2018. The bright spot was that we enjoyed very warm and generally stable weather through to the end of vintage. Average maximum temperatures from October to March were .3C warmer than season 2017. Except for a smattering of annoying hail storms and a major bushfire across the week of the 12th to 20th February causing isolated smoke taint damage, it was a rushed and straightforward disease free affair. We enjoyed moderate yields across the board; about 20% down on 2017; a reflection of the droughty winter and spring conditions. Dry land vineyards really suffered this year. As far as quality goes, Chardonnay in well managed vineyards is exceptional and the general consensus is that the reds, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet are very promising in terms of colour and depth of varietal flavour this year. Even though it was very warm and dry, I would not have liked to have been a tartaric acid salesman in Orange this vintage. pH's and T/A's were naturally wonderfully balanced across the board. It has to be a +8 vintage for both reds and whites.

Winemaking

The Malbec for this BMIT was whole bunch pressed along with around 5% Cabernet Franc and made along traditional white wine making 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 2018. And boy, did it put up a fight..the indignity of it all.

pH 3.37

Acidity 6.2 g/l

Alc/Vol 13.0%

Tasting Notes

"About as puce as an amazing very, very beautiful pusillanimous Presidential peccadillo this BMIT is made from whole-bunch-pressed Malbec. Unlike Fake Brews, it even ages well, but we’ll see what happens. Now, maybe that’s wrong. I just heard that a little while ago. I’ll bet you are a little surprised to hear that, but I’ve heard from hundreds of people that tell me that’s what happens. My friend, who happens to be a very very bigly famous chef told me its great with all moslem foods except the balaclava; a lot of people don’t know that. It even smells like creamed strawberries and covfefe which is very very very not bad, believe me.

Al/Vol 13%"

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