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Phase Three Wines Dero Shiraz

$79.00

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Vintage: 2021
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 91% Shiraz, 9% Pinot Noir

Phase Three Wines Dero Shiraz is lush and floral with an earthy minerality. The nose shows dark berries and spice, and the palate is pure and vibrant with very structured tannins that offer a chalky backbone.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Black Cherry, Black Plum, Blackberry

BODY

Full-bodied

ACIDITY

Fresh (Medium)

ALCOHOL

14-15%

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Medium

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Room Temperature (63°–67°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

Vine Street Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Phase Three Wines Dero Shiraz

Phase Three Wines Dero Shiraz is lush and floral with an earthy minerality. The nose shows dark berries and spice, and the palate is pure and vibrant with very structured tannins that offer a chalky backbone. The wine flows so seamlessly. To sum it up in a word: silken. The fruit was all handpicked in 400 to 1500kg parcels ranging from 11.5-15 beaumé. The largest parcel is broken down into three separate ferments, with most going through long, slow whole-cluster carbonic fermentation in stainless steel. A small parcel was open fermented semi-carbonically with an open top. The wine was then transferred to French oak barriques to rest in their cool cellar for around 17 months and blended towards the end of winter 2022 with one barrel of 2020 Dero. Shortly after, 2685 bottles were filled, unfined and unfiltered, with only a small sulfur addition before bottling.

Dero is Phase Three’s flagship wine. Their focus for the 2021 vintage was to source the best possible fruit they could, after two years of difficulty on that front. Luckily, Ben was doing some odd jobs around Joel Mattschoss’ Wilton Hill property before harvest, and this turned into a “work for fruit” arrangement. Then, as harvest began, the good fortune continued with a call from a mate to alert Ben that there was some extra Pinot at Tony Walker’s nearby vineyard. For being just three vintages into the Phase Three project, Ben and Sabina have managed to source some pretty incredible fruit, including their now-allocated plot from Adrian Hoffmann. The resulting wine is about 90% Shiraz and the remainder Pinot Noir, with one barrique of 2020 Dero added to the blend for good measure. As for the name, Dero, it refers to a social derelict, a “nobody,” which is how Ben and Sabina felt trying to start up a winemaking operation in the Barossa with no family history and no connections. They may be the new kids on the block, but they’ve quickly found their footing.

About Phase Three Wines

Phase Three, situated in the Flaxman Valley, is a family project started by Ben & Sabina Kelley, named for their “third phase” of life. It all began when they made the bold decision to leave behind their careers in wine retail and the food industry in search of a simpler life. They sold their possessions, packed up their car with a 6-year-old, one-week-old, two dogs, and a bird, and set off for the Barossa with the only intention of planting a few truffle-inoculated oak trees.

At the beginning of their third phase in the Barossa, Ben was working at a local winery where he was asked whether he was going to make some wine for himself. Not knowing that was an option, he suddenly embarked upon the arduous challenge of finding fruit. In 2019, grapes were nearly impossible to find if you didn’t already have a standing relationship with a grower, but one lucky call changed it all. With their kids, Ben and Sabina picked a mere 87 kg of old vine Shiraz and 320 kg of Chardonnay to make their first vintage.

By the following year, they had purchased their Flaxman Valley property, a local heritage-listed blue stone cottage built in the late 1800’s. Their 38-acre property is in the G.I of Eden Valley and near some very esteemed vineyards, including those of the Hoffmann family. In between planting their new truffière, they lined a shed with insulation, had cooling installed and thanks to the help of Gumtree & Facebook marketplace, they amassed a little “Winemaking Starter Kit” consisting of picking bins, stainless steel tanks, two small basket presses, and barrel racks. All of a sudden, their truffière turned into a veritable farm. They planted three vineyards using local cuttings, hazelnut groves, and pine trees. The remainder of the property is dedicated to native wildlife and sheep grazing.

In the cellar, their philosophy is to keep simplicity at the forefront of everything they do. It’s a true family operation, with everyone – even the kids – helping out. They hand-pick the very best vineyards they can obtain, and the wines are made in tiny parcels with a no-compromise approach. There are little to no additions, and they do mostly whole cluster fermentations with transfers made via gravity, with excellent barrel maturing conditions and ruthless barrel selection. The wines are then bottled without fining or filtration.

Dero, their flagship wine, holds a distinctive meaning – it refers to a social derelict, a “nobody,” which is how they felt trying to start up a winemaking operation in the Barossa with no family history and no connections. The choice of this name and its unique brown paper bag label serves as a quirky reminder of their unconventional journey.