2021 Lime Kiln Red

This introduction to our red range is a soft and appealing blend, the dark ripe fruits of touriga and shiraz being lifted by the bright pepperiness of graciano.

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Winemaker's Notes


Lime Kiln Red is a medium-bodied blend that’s all about deliciousness and drinkability. With such a collection of interesting varieties in the vineyard and winery, new blending trials are irresistible fun. The 2021 Lime Kiln Red is 37% touriga, 32% graciano, 30% shiraz and 1% parraleta. And the name? A 1912 map of the district showed a ‘Lime Kiln Block’ near the current vineyard site, presumably burning limestone similar to that in the vineyard to make builder’s lime.


Much cooler conditions prevailed this season, with good winter rains leading into a mild season that saw vines flourish. There was some disease pressure, but minimal disease resulted from careful management. Harvest started a week or two later than recent years, and was interrupted by three days of rain just after the whites were finished and before any reds were picked, but reds suffered no damage. Yields were very good, probably because we were able to irrigate through the drought last year. Unsurprisingly, the mild summer and ripening conditions have given lighter wines with excellent aroma and colour.


Hand picked between 8 and 29 April 2021, and wild-fermented separately in open vats with hand plunging. Matured in older French oak, blended, lightly filtered, and bottled under screwcap November 2021; 380 dozen made. Alcohol 13.0% by volume. Vegan friendly?: Yes.

Drink now or cellar in the medium term.