Dune Mingsha Shan
APPELLATION: McLaren Vale
BLEND: Shiraz (97%), Fiano (3%)
WINEMAKERS: Duncan and Peter Lloyd
The fruit for the Mingsha Shan comes from Dune’s Eastern Block in Blewitt
Springs, a sub-region of McLaren Vale. Here the vines are rigorously thinned to
yield 3 tons to the acre and are planted on deep sandy soils over yellow clay.
Farming is sustainable, with a focus on low cropping and integrated viticulture.
Organic practices are already employed, and the vineyards are currently
considered ‘organic in conversion’.
The Shiraz is machine picked and fermented with a high proportion of whole
berries in open fermenters. After the malolactic fermentation is complete, a
small portion of a Fiano/Shiraz co-ferment is blended in to account for 2-3%.
After blending, the wine spends 12 months in seasoned oak barrels prior to
Medium bodied with gentle tannins balanced with refreshing acidity. Aromas of blueberries and bramble notes, along with spices, crushed leaves and herbs.