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2015 Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz

2015 Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz


Growing grapes, hunting for our table and raising a farm all help our family to truly understand this land. Inspired by Matt Fowles’ passion for hunting and gathering, our Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wines have been crafted to complement the textures and flavours of wild food. Vibrant in colour, intensely aromatic and fine in texture with pristine fruit flavours, these wines are a window into the wild for the curious, instinctive, perceptive and discerning.



  • Vintage Conditions


  • Wine Making

    The Strathbogie Ranges fruit was harvested during the day on 16, 18 and 19 March 2015, while the fruit from Mt Helen was harvested during the day on 19 March 2015.

    This wine was fermented at around 24˚C in a combination of sweep-arm fermenters, small fermenters and in open pots (the latter plunged by hand) to maximise colour and flavour. We also chose to ferment this wine in stainless steel tanks to preserve primary fruit flavours.

    We selected a variety of yeasts to ferment this wine: Clos, Red Roman and also wild ferments. These yeasts were selected for their ability to help enhance different elements of the wine, such as aroma, colour and tannin structure, to create harmonious complexity in this shiraz.

    This wine was matured for 12 months using a combination new and old, and large and small, English and French oak. One quarter of the wine was matured in 140-year-old 5,000L English oak casks and two new 6,000L French oak casks. One quarter was matured in one, two and three year old French oak puncheons. The balance was maintained as a fresh, fruity parcel in stainless steel.


  • Color, Nose and Palate

    This wine is deep crimson in colour with hints of purple at the rim. On the nose, intense lifted aromas of ripe red berries play with notes of violet, pepper and dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied with  complex forest fruits, spice and velvety tannins leading to an elegant, long finish.

  • Peak Drinking

    Cellar for two to 10 years

  • Special Comments

    The vintage of 2015 was a year, with warm growing conditions producing red wines of intense colour and flavour. 

    We decided to blend our Strathbogie shiraz with parcels of fruit from other regions in order to achieve the style we seek to craft our Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wine. We were also able to harvest some fruit from what may be the last ever shiraz from the iconic Mt Helen vineyard. These vines are infected with Phylloxera and had an incredibly low yield of less than one tonne to the acre in 2015. The intense and elegant characteristics of this fruit combined with our Upton Run fruit create a wine with the perfume, texture and balance to match wild game – and is a perfect example of a powerful cool climate spicy shiraz.

  • Wine Analysis

    pH 3.52

    T/A 6.8 g/L

    R/S 0 g/L

    Alc 14.0 %

  • Food match

    Served perfectly with roasted venison.

  • Size


  • Vintage


  • Region

    Central Victoria, Australia 

  • Style

    Dry Red 

  • Body


  • Grapes


  • Accolades

    95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion & Gold Medal Sydney International 

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