Jasper Hill: Occam's Razor Shiraz 2018

Not to be overlooked among the Jasper Hill wines, Emily Laughton's own 'Occam's Razor' Shiraz is an outstanding bargain and has the signature 'Cambrian clay' complexity and pure expression of fruit that all of the Jasper Hill wines exhibit.

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Tasting Notes

With oodles of ripe black berry and cherry fruit over notes of spices and scorched earth, the 'Occam's Razor' Shiraz represents a veritable bargain in this stellar line-up of 'natural' wines.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionAustralia, Victoria
Grape Variety (Cépage)Shiraz
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Casserole, Mushrooms
CellarageDrink up to 10 years after vintage.
VinificationEmily Laughton has her own label, a single vineyard Shiraz grown by the Jasper Hill vineyard manager on his own Heathcote farm in the same organic/biodynamic un-irrigated manner as the main estate. The soil is different, being granitic rather than basaltic, which imparts a bit more perfume to the wine.
Alcohol By Volume (%)15.5

Jasper Hill (Ron & Elva Laughton)

In 1975, former food scientist Ron Laughton and his wife Elva created their Jasper Hill estate in Heathcote, Victoria (70 miles north of Melbourne), drawn by the region's distinctive geology, namely an iron-rich seam of Cambrian clay and volcanic basalt on which the vineyards are strategically located. Today the Laughton's world-renowned, bio-dynamically farmed, 20-hectare estate is widely regarded as being some of the finest terroir in Australia.

As the vineyards and their two daughters have grown over the years, both Emily and Georgia continue to work within the business. Emily McNally lives on Georgia's Paddock vineyard with her husband Nick, daughter Ella and son Nate. Nick is also a highly valued member of the team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Only time will tell if the next young generation will continue the wine making tradition of their grandfather and mother.

Jasper Hill produces six wines from three individual vineyards. While the single estate 'Emily's Paddock' Shiraz - Cabernet Franc and 'Georgia's Paddock' Shiraz (first vintage 1982) are the best known wines, Jasper Hill also makes a 'Georgia's Paddock' Semillon, 'Georgia's Paddock' Riesling (first vintage 1984) and 'Georgia's Paddock' Nebbiolo.

Ron and Elva are today assisted by their daughter, Emily, who makes the 'Occam's Razor' Shiraz in her own right, whilst Georgia enjoys doing most of the administrative work. The family are also involved in a joint venture locally with fellow organic enthusiast Michel Chapoutier, which yields the 'La Pleiade' Shiraz, plus a collaboration in the Agly valley in Roussillon in France.

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