Free Run Juice is a loose collective of fiercely determined biodynamic and natural wine makers based in the Yarra Valley in South Australia and overseen by Natural Wine guru, Patrick Sullivan, a young Yarra Valley winegrower who initially worked in an abattoir after finishing high school. He moved to London when he was 19 and gained employment in the wine room at Selfridges before deciding to study winemaking back in Australia. Patrick's wines have minimal intervention, are small-batch, and very much artisanal with juice sourced from various vineyard sites in and around the Yarra, including the renowned Thousand Candles estate, home to some of the region's finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz grapes. This delightful Shiraz is unoaked and makes for a fresh and light red.
A dark plum in colour. On the nose, scents of dried red fruits and vanilla with hints of cinnamon and green herbs. On the palate, medium bodied and juicy with further plummy notes leading to a spicy finish. The pronounced acidity makes for a great food wine. Try with grilled Mediterranean vegetables, lamb ragout with olives and peppers or lamb Shawarma.