Graham’s VAT 52 2016
Graham Stevens Wines. McLaren Flat. McLaren Vale. South Australia
50 % Shiraz, 30 % Grenache og 20 % Cabernet Sauvignon
En vidunderlig og sprællevende vin. Blandt de bedste vine vi har smagt fra gode gamle Graham Stevens. Stevens formår at forene det enkle og det friske med en fantastisk karakterfuld og spruttende frugt – en stil der til tider kan lede tankerne hen mod gode italienske vine 🙂 Årgang 2016 er perfekt afballanceret og ultra smooth.
Senest bedømt i august 2019.
Graham Stevens er en legende i McLaren Vale og laver ærlige og imødekommende vine. Vine, der får smilet frem på dine læber, og som på én eller anden måde bliver dine venner lige fra første sip til den sidste.
Noter fra vinmageren
This wine style was first developed by me in 1973, using two of the most popular red grape varieties of that era, Shiraz (50%) and Grenache (25%). Blended together with Cabernet Sauvignon (25%). I produced a style of wine which met with immediate favourable response from red wine lovers. Aged for 15 months in new American & French oak barrels. Graham’s Vat 52 is the wine that complements all occasions.
Om Graham Stevens Wines
Bag disken på Graham Stevens Winery mødes man af den ældre Graham Stevens i overalls og hat. Han giver én hånden og siger “Hej, kunne I tænke jer at smage noget vin? Jeg laver min vin, som jeg selv godt kan lide den, så hvis jeg ikke kan sælge den, kan jeg drikke den selv!”. Det er sagt med en skøn portion helt-nede-på-jordenhed, og med en portion stolthed over at han godt ved, at han laver noget fantastisk vin, som han på ingen måde har problemer med at sælge. Graham Stevens er en ældre herre, der har været med til at starte et af de i området store og anerkendte vinerier, Kangarilla Road, og han har ydermere været en yderst succesfuld winemaker på Coriole Vineyards, der også ligger i McLaren Vale. Stevens vine sælges meget få steder i Australien, og da jeg i sin tid spurgte ham, om han synes, at det kunne være interessant at eksportere til mig, sagde han, at han synes, at det lød spændende, men betingelsen var, at der ikke skulle være flere led end han og jeg. Jeg synes, at det beskriver Graham og hans vine godt. Graham ønsker gennemskuelighed og den enkle løsning, og med druer og evner som hans, skaber det fantastiske vine.
Graham Stevens was born to grow grapes and make wine. Living almost his entire life in the McLaren Vale Wine Region, Graham won his first (vine) pruning trophy at the age of 9.
Working on Vineyards and at Wineries in McLaren Vale, while he and his wife saved for their own piece of land, Graham learnt the fine art of quality winemaking. His superior skills soon came to light when Coriole Vineyards was awarded the Bushing Winning Wine in 1974, and again in 1975, when Graham and Marie were able to personally and proudly accept the title of McLaren Vale Bushing King and Queen.
Graham and Marie opened the doors to their own winery, Cambrai Vineyards (later to change its name to Stevens Cambrai Wines), in 1979. The success they enjoyed was evident from the hundreds of awards and trophies that adorned the cellar door walls and rafters. Time has lost track of the exact number of medals and trophies Graham has won, but it runs into many hundreds, including the coveted Dan Murphy Trophy.
In 1985, Graham again won the coveted McLaren Vale Bushing Award, and he and Marie were once again crowned King and Queen; the only winemaker at that time to have made the Bushing winning wine three times.
In 1997, Graham and Marie decided to retire, and sold their winery and vineyard.
Graham was not used to having so much time on his hands, and he purchased a piece of land on the picturesque Ingoldby Road at McLaren Flat to plant vines and keep himself occupied when not fishing off Aldinga Beach. Any local will tell you there is no fish in the gulf, and Graham now agrees. He decided enough was enough, and thus Graham Stevens Wines began a new phase in Graham’s life. In 2005, selling his quality grapes turned to making quality wine with Graham’s daughter Carolyn helping out on weekends and during holidays.
Graham’s daughter Carolyn has been assisting with the family business all her life, but in 2008 made a career move to join Graham permanently in the business, and together they strive for excellence in winemaking, and consumer satisfaction.
Graham Stevens Wines is a true family business. Carolyn’s partner Brian, and their two daughters Sally and Zoe are integral members of the team, and they love getting involved in both the vineyard and the winery.
To date, although only producing very few wines, Graham Stevens Wines has already won more than 50 awards in 2 seasons of showing wines at Australian Wine Shows.