The Moonlight Run takes its name from the repetitive nightly drive between the Barossa to the Clare Valley that Dan and Jaysen would undergo whilst working vintage in 1999. Jaysen notes, "During the drive home, we would often crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night's work. Out of this ideal we decided to make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood takes hold."
The blueberry lift of Greenock Shiraz is unmistakable amongst the aromatic Mataro fennel frond, game and savoury backbone. The mixed ground pepper spice plays off between white and spicy Grenache aromatics and the roasted black pepper and green peppercorn mix that Mataro brings. A mix of muscavardo sugar sweet and savoury molasses character is balanced by a roasted coffee tannin that runs through the core of the palate. With so much going on it needs no accompaniment and has the spine to reward people who like to put aside a bottle or two for a later date.
Mataro (from Moppa) and whole-bunch cinsault co-fermented, old-vine grenache (Vine Vale) and Shiraz all wild-yeast fermented, bottled without fining or filtration. Its crimson colour is excellent, the bouquet full of spicy purple and black fruits, its mouthfeel simply outstanding. A tour de force of winemaking. Drink by: 2035; Price: $32.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
Blend of Barossa Valley mataro, grenache, shiraz and cinsault. Aromatic. Fleshy. Plenty of fruit and yet dry and spicy to close. Excellent style of wine. The kind of wine we all should drink more of. There’s no lack of sweetness and/or ripeness and yet the savoury crowd is played to. Hits the nail pretty much bang on. Tasted: Oct 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $35; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2022+; Rating: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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