|Wine||Alpha Box and Dice “Siren”|
|Wine Maker||Justin Lane|
Good evening fellow wine lovers.
Tonight I look at something a little bit different from a new winery in the McLaren Vale region. Alpha Box and Dice was founded in 2008; and since then has been causing a stir since they first burst onto the scene. Not known for being “normal”, the old wine families of the region kicked up a fuss on their alternative style of wine making. McLaren Vale is very traditional and these guys came in and started to do things their way. But boy, how they have elevated themselves in the region. Not only are they introducing new and different varieties to Australia, they are doing it in a way that is bringing new faces and different people into the cellar doors. Their alternative range is bringing in alternative and younger people, and in my personal opinion, I don’t care who you are if you find a love for wine you’re alright in my book. Their vision is to create a wine to resemble every letter of the alphabet. Tonight I have the “S” in front of me in terms of the Siren. This wine is one of their best sellers, and with some fancy artwork from one of Mambo’s graphic designers, this adds to the alternative flare from this winery.
The wine itself:
Colour: plum/magenta with plum hue.
Aroma: Sweetness from the get go. Ripe fruit, plum, black and blue berry is accompanied by the quite different aroma of bees-wax and lashings of lavender and wild strawberry. The aroma of the bees-wax lifts up the fruits and then plays second fiddle to amplify the flavours in the glass. The black fruit in the glass starts to take on a ‘jammy’ character to the wine. This wine is very appealing. The bees-wax just intertwines beautifully all the way throughout. Dig a little deeper behind the sweetness and you might pick up traces of wet clay in the glass too.
Palate: Medium/full bodied wine which showcases a few more savoury elements, than sweet elements from the get-go. There is richness from the fruit though. Black plum and dark cherry prominent in the mouth, but in no way is it overpowering or as sweet as that on the nose. Nuances of dark chocolate and earth enter into the wine giving it a very rounded and well-structured body. It might sound a bit odd, but the finish does indeed tail off with the flavour of bees wax sweetness with floral flavours. This wine does really showcase all the layers of wine from fruit, floral, earth and oak.
My Thoughts: A very interesting and well rounded out wine. I can certainly see why this wine is one of their best sellers. I think this wine is a great alternative to Shiraz. If you are getting bored of Shiraz, then move on over to this Italian variety and put the Frenchmen in the corner. The aromas in this wine pitch themselves like a good salesman, and then it delivers everything that was talked up by the salesman on the palate. An absolute gem from the new-kid on the block. I see a good future for this winery. They don’t follow too many rules, and it that case, they are able to explore and bring the world of wine to us in the small state of South Australia. A job well done from the eclectic and alternative folk at AB&D.
Drink: Now – 2034
The SA Wine Guy