At Koltz we produce our flagship wines from our own Blewitt Springs vineyard. This ensures that we have total control of grape quality, producing low yielding, high quality grapes hand picked at exactly the right time and then immediately processed in our onsite winery.
2017 Koltz DogDay Shiraz $22 per bottle
The 2017 DogDay Shiraz is a vibrant, youthful purple – typical DogDay colour – poised rather than inky, with graphite, blue and red fruits. This speaks very clearly of McLaren Vale’s cooler sites.
Elegant, yet concentrated. It has a dark core to it, along with its usual light footedness. A compelling wine that demands another sip – it unfurls as it breathes, and displays the modern subtlety McLaren Vale is celebrated for.
The Wizard is made in the Ripasso method developed in Valpolicella in northern Italy. After the making of our amarone style wine, “The Pagan”, we retain the skins and then select our best batches of shiraz from the vintage and re-ferment it over those skins. The technique is used to give the wine more depth and results in a velvety fine tannin structure.
The Wizard normally spends around 3 weeks on the Pagan skins and is then repressed using our basket press and put to oak for 22 months.
The 2017 Wizard is a lively, elegant wine with structure and substance and finishes long with hints of our The Pagan wine
2017 The Pagan to be released August 2019
The Pagan is our flagship wine made in the style of amarone which is achieved by partially drying the grapes inside our winery. This produces wines of great concentration and complexity.
Picked in mid Feb, the grapes were dried for 6 weeks before crushing and then fermented for 2 weeks before pressing. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 2nd and 3rd use French oak.
The 2016 Pagan is a deep purple and the aroma jumps out of the glass with floral notes, cassis and spice and a little plum pudding.
The palate is structured with lively acid and good length, full bodied but not heavy, with fresh firm tannin and good intensity.
As always it will drink well now but cellaring will be well rewarded. Up to 15 years.