Word of Rory Lane’s efforts with the “The Story” label in Melbourne meant that this choice from a wine list was something less than a random walk, more perhaps blindfolded rummaging at home. Rory sources the grapes for this wine from the Westgate Vineyard in Armstrong between Great Western and Ararat in western Victoria. The vineyard was planted in 1969, and extended in 1988, mainly with the “St Ethel” clone of shiraz, the clone not being a name I see much of.
Happily, the wine in the glass is very good indeed, gently reminding of the regional interest and potency of Grampians shiraz. It has aromatics that remind of eucalyptus, spice and plum. The palate is full bodied, yet it also retains a balance in its deep expression of plum, pepper and eucalpytus characters. This is an excellent wine that is ready to drink now, but almost certainly has a long life ahead of it.