Dune
The Empty Quarter2017
South AustraliaAustralia

£18.00

Dune, The Empty Quarter, 2017

Dune
The Empty Quarter2017
South AustraliaAustralia

£18.00

Mourvedre takes the lead in Dune’s twist on the classic McLaren Vale GSM blend. Glossy berry fruit, ripe tannins, dried herbs and a perfumed, spicy finish. Dune name their wines after deserts, Empty Quarter is the English name for the Rub’ Al Khali desert, the largest continuous sand sea in the world, spanning parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

About Dune

Brothers Peter and Duncan Lloyd both worked in kitchens as teenagers growing up in McLaren Vale. It's where they developed a love of good food and an understanding of the role of wine in bringing food to life. They set up Dune in 2008. They source most of their grapes from a vineyard called Desert Sands in Blewitt Springs. When the brothers took over from the previous owners they started using organic composts to improve the soil and planted native grasses between rows. Now the vineyard is teeming with life, you might even see the odd kangaroo!

They have replaced Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with Mediterranean varietals which suit the site and climate much better. They've reduced yields significantly, started working organically and are on the way to receiving certification. They don't have a house style, rather each of their wines stems from the individual qualities of the vineyard. This may involve particular pruning techniques, or harvesting parcel by parcel. The same goes for the winemaking sometimes they de-stem sometimes they use whole-bunch, sometimes low-sulphur, sometimes none - basically the grapes are treated as individuals.