2018 geez louise shiraz
geez louise is made from shiraz out of the hilltops region.
my assistant from the 2007 vintage, lyndon stenning was up showing his staff the winery and told a beautiful young kiwi girl that it was possible to walk across a tank while it is fermenting as the skins are pushed up so hard by the ferment.
in a bigger winery this may be true..
louise decided to test lyndons word, but was smart enough to realise if he was lying that her clothes would be ruined by the red wine.
so, she took them off.
the first step she took broke the cap and soundly dunker her in the tank, she came out maroon!
after we recovered from the shock we had a chat and decided to turn that particular tank into a wine in her honour.
instead of using the usual big american oak, we used 2 year old french and increased the viognier addition to really make the wine soft, supple, rounded and appealing (like Louise).
a lovely wine which will benefit from a few years in the bottle and an excellent food wine.