2018 Kemosabe Shiraz

ProducerFratelli. Heathcote, Vic
StatusCertified Organic with Australian Certified Organic

Fratelli Wines began as the dream of three brothers of Italian heritage with a love of wine. The Santarossa brothers set out to create a ‘family’ of wines adopting the old world principle of ‘terroir’. The single vineyard fruit is sourced from regions throughout Victoria that are best suited to the variety and then apply new world innovation to capture the most honest, purest expression of the wine. Minimal intervention, hand-picked, wild yeast and barrel ferment’s all contribute to making approachable food oriented styles. Winemaker Andrew Santarossa has over ten years’ experience making premium wines in Oregon, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley.


Andrew Santarossa

WineThe best Heathcote vineyards are located on a thin strip of Cambrian-derived soils of friable red brown loams. It is this Cambrian earth combined with the mild, dry climate that provides the area with the ability to produce unique and extraordinary Shiraz. The Cambrian soils run north-south on either side of the Mt. Camel Range, following the road from Heathcote to Colbinabbin.

The fruit was picked in the second week of March 2018. Destemmed and crushed into 3 tonne open top fermenters it spent 4 days cold soaking for maximum colour extraction. A 10 day fermentation with regular hand plugging; three times daily during peak temperature of 30 degrees C. to extract fine tannins followed. Post alcoholic fermentation the wine spent 12 days on skins macerating. The wine was then pressed off skins to barrel for malolactic fermentation.

Comanche is Indian for ‘wrong brother’. The nose is filled with black berry, currant, black pepper and cedar. Integrated oak and complex dark fruit on the palate. The ripe tannins are vibrant but supportive, providing structure and balance. 13.3% ABV
Tasting NoteBlackberry - Spice - Cedar


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