- ABV 14
- Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
Notes from Kym “A very special wine indeed. A celebration of shiraz in its finest form. The Utopos Sparkling Shiraz starts its life as does our still Shiraz. After 18 months in older oak it finds its way into bottle where a secondary fermentation is initiated and the gas is produced and trapped in the wine. We then age the wine on the secondary fermentation yeast lees for around 3 years to maximise texture and complexity before disgorging and sealing under crown seal for absolute certainty that the wine will present exactly as we anticipated – with a perfectly balanced palate of rich fruit and a persistent bead of fine bubbles. Being a vintage wine, the intent is to only make this wine in years in which it is appropriate to do so, so it may not be a continuous vintage by vintage supply”
96+ - 97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “In short, and with my limited Aussie sparkling Shiraz experience, this is by far my favourite – In fact, this is very good indeed. The bouquet is bold and gallops out of the glass with blackcurrant pastille, poached plum, black cherry, violet, fruitcake, fresh mint, dried spice and the faintest hint of menthol – leather in the background. The palate feel is wonderful – the mousse foams seductively. Without stating the obvious, this is very Utopos in style – big and rich with perfectly judged acidity to provide lift in its step. The quality is unmistakable. The flavours mirror the bouquet. The fruit is rich and poached in a wonderful syrup. Fruitcake and all its plethora of spices emerge at a gentle pace. Very controlled and nothing runs away with itself. This comes sealed under a crown cap which is great for ageing – this will be fantastic in 10-15 years, giving way to gamey complexity. For now, this is downright delicious, fun, fruity, frothy and exuberant. Great summer BBQ wine without being too cliché. Do not overchill. Served using Zalto Universal glassware
Utopos Sparkling Shiraz 2017 - In Bond
Barossa Valley, Australia
We were already sourcing fruit from vineyards adjacent to this property for Teusner that were making some of our very best Shiraz wines (Albert and Righteous) so I knew the ability of the geology and microclimate of the area to produce outstanding reds.
I instantly fell in love with the site and the way that it was planted. I so desperately wanted to play with the fruit that was growing here. However, the owner of the property was signed into pretty tight contracts with Penfolds and wasn’t willing to jeopardise that to sell me a bit of out of contract. He did nothing to lessen my desire, however… Bragging to me that the cabernet sauvignon was some of the only Barossa fruit to make Bin 707 grade etc etc.
So I was forced to just dream about it every time I drove past to visit my other growers in the area. Until the day in late 2014 that the owners decided it was time to slow down and move into town and put the property up for Auction.
All of the big names from around the area were at the auction. Standing on one of the highest points of the area overlooking some of the most beautiful views in the Barossa. I was so desperate to have it – these properties rarely become available over multiple generations - so I just went in with all guns blazing and put in my best offer as first bid. It was the one and only bid and the property was ours!" - Kym Teusner
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