LUDO GRIP - Shiraz - McLaren Vale - 2018
Lifted, spicy, textural 13.8% ABV
Label art: Shiraz wine crystals under microscope
Ingredients: Grape berries, grape stalks, yeasts: Lachancea thermotolerans* and Saccharomyces
cerevisiae, minimal sulphites.
Look through the microscope for the nerdy stuff:
Shiraz grapes from the Perrau vineyard were hand-harvested on 12th March, 2018, and foot- threaded without destemming. The combination of Lachancea thermotolerans and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeasts fermented the grape juice into wine that was transferred into and matured in old French and American hogsheads for 14 months.
This coastal vineyard receives the cooling Mediterranean breeze from the ocean.
The inclusion of grape stems enhanced the innate freshness of the grapes by adding violet, black tea and pepper spice aromas to the wine. The medium-bodied palate is the definition of balance between finely grained tannins, elegant fruit and vibrant acidity. Long, and savoury. Close your eyes and enjoy the journey from McLaren Vale to Northern Rhone.
*Lachancea thermotolerans is a wild yeast (non-Saccharomyces) discovered and isolated by LUDO scientists. Besides bringing fresh, lifted aromatics, this yeast strain naturally produces lactic acid.
LUDO is a stimulating collaboration between three wine scientists. The name derives from Latin meaning, to play, challenge, or explore. LUDO embodies our passion to connect science, land, and people through making brave wines with transparency, curiosity and utmost precision. From the ancient dirt of McLaren Vale. And beyond.
The unique micro-climates of South Australia provide grapes with a sense of place. We do not take away anything during winemaking and our main additives are creativity and innovation to showcase varietal character and regional typicality. All wines are vegan, unfined, and unfiltered.