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Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2016

Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2016 Victoria Beechworth

$26.35

Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2016. 47% Nero d’Avola / 38% Shiraz / 15% Durif

To understand Quasimodo you must venture beyond the surface and explore the inner soul. As individual varietal wines they can struggle for love but when blended together they can sing, shine and bring harmony.

Quasimodo is a unique Australian blend of Nero d’Avola, Shiraz & Durif sourced from the regions of Eldorado and Rutherglen. It’s an amalgam of flavour and colour culminating in a complex rewarding wine.

Brought together from many different ferments with a goal of creating an affable blend built on the of layers flavours these three distinct varieties bring. Nero d’Avola is grown in our home vineyard and brings the vitality and bright red fruits. The Shiraz comes from a vineyard a short 5 minute drive down a dirt track from our winery perched amongst the boulders of a granite outcrop. This is a painfully low cropping vineyard resulting depth of flavour not attainable from higher yielding vineyards, this component fleshes out the mid palate. The final piece in the puzzle is Rutherglen Durif, dark and brooding the addition of just 15% gives the wine backbone and a subtle lick of tannin through the back palate without overpowering this medium bodied blend. Lightly filtered then bottled August 2017.

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Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2016

Eldorado Road Quasimodo 2016. 47% Nero d’Avola / 38% Shiraz / 15% Durif

To understand Quasimodo you must venture beyond the surface and explore the inner soul. As individual varietal wines they can struggle for love but when blended together they can sing, shine and bring harmony.

Quasimodo is a unique Australian blend of Nero d’Avola, Shiraz & Durif sourced from the regions of Eldorado and Rutherglen. It’s an amalgam of flavour and colour culminating in a complex rewarding wine.

Brought together from many different ferments with a goal of creating an affable blend built on the of layers flavours these three distinct varieties bring. Nero d’Avola is grown in our home vineyard and brings the vitality and bright red fruits. The Shiraz comes from a vineyard a short 5 minute drive down a dirt track from our winery perched amongst the boulders of a granite outcrop. This is a painfully low cropping vineyard resulting depth of flavour not attainable from higher yielding vineyards, this component fleshes out the mid palate. The final piece in the puzzle is Rutherglen Durif, dark and brooding the addition of just 15% gives the wine backbone and a subtle lick of tannin through the back palate without overpowering this medium bodied blend. Lightly filtered then bottled August 2017.

Eldorado is often used as a metaphor for the “Holy Grail” that one might spend one’s life seeking. It could represent true love, heaven, happiness or success. It is used sometimes as a figure of speech to represent something much sought after that may never exist or at least may not ever be found.

Eldorado is located in the Beechworth foothills equidistant between Beechworth and Wangaratta. Our tiny home vineyards are located on Eldorado Road and only several kilometres from the quaint hamlet of Eldorado. The property was selected and purchased principally because it is located on a seam of free draining red decomposed granite loaded with granite buckshot, flanked by granite hills and fed by the gentle flowing Reedy Creek which weaves its way through our property on its journey to the Ovens River.

Paul Dahlenburg (Bear) and Lauretta Schulz (Laurie) have spent a career making wine and tending to the vineyards of others, in 2010 and Eldorado Road was born and just like we had our own label.

Nero d’Avola based on sound detailed climate mapping matched with our geography and terroir. Initial discussions with Allesio Planeta, a revered producer hailing from Sicily the indigenous home of the Nero d’Avola grape variety, also convinced us to pursue arguably Sicily’s signature red variety.

Durif is also being cultivated as we truly believe our cooler location on Eldorado Road will produce a Durif expressing power, intense perfume and a level of finesse not often associated with the Durif variety.

The best quality Beechworth Chardonnay is sourced from one of the coolest vineyards in the GI located at 550m ASL. The purity of this fruit allows us to create a powerful, complex wine with many similarities to those of Chablis.

Bear developed his passion for red wines and old vineyards producing wines over many years from some of the oldest vines in Victoria for Baileys of Glenrowan. Witnessing first hand older vines ability to produce wines of depth and character often under duress has forged a real respect and appreciation for these grand masters.

An opportunity came along to save a derelict dry land Glenrowan vineyard planted in the 1890’s. This ancient vineyard was planted when vine material was in short supply and established with rootlings shipped all the way to Australia by boat from France. Established before federation with only rainfall to sustain them, enduring prevailing weather to forge out an existence, it’s truly remarkable these vines still survive today. Surely these vines deserved more and with the goodwill, understanding and friendship of the owners the journey continues for these ancient vines. Producing Shiraz since the 1890’s this block once again has the chance to showcase and reward the drinking public with wines born from another era. This project is something that inspires and drives Bear and Laurie leaving a legacy and allowing this old block to continue to tell its own story.

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Brands

Eldorado Road

Country

Australia, Beechworth, Victoria

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Red Blends

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