2012 The Story Tinkers Shiraz

The-Story-Tinkers-Grampians-Shiraz-2012-C-Low-Res-149x300Excuse me getting all personal but I was having a pretty shite Monday when I opened this around lunchtime. I went out to get the new Billy Bragg album “Tooth and Nail” and planned to taste/drink this recent effort from Rory Lane while listening to it. Bragg’s music and lyrics were a bit too up-beat for my mood so I swapped over to The National’s “Trouble Will Find Me” – a pairing that worked well. Echoed the themes of alienation and fragility on that album. Rory reckon’s that was the influence of 3% Grenache in the mix. From the label:

Techno-tinkers are the modern group of scientists, artists and tradespeople who move from place to place, bringing their wits, talent and energy to new projects and then moving on. Not quite gypsies but happily not bound to one place or style either. As of 2012 we don’t own a vineyard, winery, equipment or offices; nor, with the sale of our home, a residence. 2012 tinkers.

A diasporic wine then but one that speaks clearly of its origins in the Grampians nonetheless. Lifted florals set off dark cherries, general brambliness, essence of forest, pepper and cherry pips. All given a light sheen by cocoa oak while bright cranberry acidity lights up the fleshy characters. Plenty of carry and supple, come-hither tannin. Yes. 94 Excellent 

“Everything I love is on the table.
Everything I love is out to sea.” – The National

Region: Grampians
Alcohol: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $28
Tasted: May 2013


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