2015 Sunbury The Hairy Arm
This is a fresher iteration of the Aussie style, still with lovely mouthfilling fruitiness, plums and blackberries, but more supple, pliant and textured. A delicious medium weight, berry filled delight that will please those after a less full throttle experience. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 L&S (Mar 2019)
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Hand-picked, chilled overnight to 12 degrees C, 60% destemmed whole berries, 90% whole bunches, wild yeast open-fermented in three small pots, one left 10 days, the other two for a further 21 days before pressing, matured for 13 months in French oak (30% new). A very savoury black-fruited palate with clinging tannins full of character, but needing time to open up and relax the grip of the Hairy Arm. Rating: 93 James Halliday - winecompanion.com.au (Jun 2019)
Sunbury is a cool-climate wine region only now making waves thanks to producers reviving its ancient volcanic vineyards. Here, 40% whole bunch fruit ages for a year in old ask then 18 months in bottle. Savoury, gentle plum fruit on a fresh, silky-textured palate. Rating: 92 Decanter Magazine (May 2019)
The Hairy Arm
The Hairy Arm Wine Company came about when Steven and Natalie Worley started producing small parcels of Shiraz from a carefully selected site in Sunbury, Victoria in 2003.
In 2001 Steve had left his career as an exploration geologist to study viticulture and oenology. This was a long held dream of applying his love of earth science to the crafting of exclusive batches of premium wine from special sites.
The first vintage was in 2004 and consecutive vintages with the exception of 2006 have led to Hairy Arm reaching a 5 star rating in the number one Australian Wine guide in 2014.
Focus in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the winery ensure these wines tell a real story of provenance. Steve selects small parcels of fruit from long-term lease vineyards in Sunbury and Heathcote for the Hairy Arm Wines. In 2010 a small patch of 4 rows of Heathcote Nebbiolo was secured too, on a long term basis and it was this unusually fresh style of Nebbiolo that first caught our eye.
The vineyards are fully managed by Steve, using his professional and academic geological background in soil management he not only selects the best plots but also knows how to maximise the land depending on its specific geological make-up.
Using crushed Abalone shells over the topsoil provides a clever, naturally reflective surface to bounce the suns rays back to the vines, to enhance ripening in the cool windswept vineyards of Sunbury.
Small batches of Shiraz and even smaller amounts of the Nebbiolo are made and the wines are extremely limited, but a natural wine making philosophy is adhered to, with minimal intervention and only very limited filtration. The wines are raised only in Burgundian Remond Oak Barrels and then an extra bit of time for bottle ageing too before release. This patience and attention to detail is just another factor in making the Hairy Arm Wines quite so unique and individual. We are delighted to have these great wines on the list!
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