Shipsters' Rapture Single Vineyard Shiraz 2012
The Story Behind The Name
Shipsters' Rapture is named in honour of Henry Shipster who owned the vineyard before the Osborns. The Shipsters are said to have delighted in their small plot of land, lovingly planting it to vines in the late 1800's.
Shipsters' Rapture in youth can appear a little tense, probably as a result of the flashes of pine and mint that accompany the dark, ripe, mulberry like fruits. A real contrast in characters showing elements from opposite ends of the flavour spectrum. The palate follows a similar theme, with dark, sweet and sooty like flavours matched with spicy pepper and more minty notes. The mint character gives an impression of mid palate elegance to the wine although the fine, minerally tannins point towards impressive longevity which will see that mid palate grow in richness and generosity. A classic example of elegance and power.