Brave Souls 'The Able Seaman' GSM 12pk 2016

Brave Souls 'The Able Seaman' GSM 12pk 2016

Brave Souls 'The Able Seaman' GSM 12pk 2016
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Winery Details

    One of Ten Best New Wineries - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

    Brave Souls is the creation of young winemaker Julia Weirich, in collaboration with Simon Cowham and Corey Ryan of Sons of Eden. The name is inspired by the story of the famous Admella shipwreck of 1859 and spotlights the remarkable accounts of those characters who risked their lives to help the survivors. Iconic Australian artist Bruce Goold generously agreed to visualise the tales of these Brave Souls for the project’s labels. Read More

Press Review

    One of Ten Best New Wineries - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

    Brave Souls GSM 2016

    The 45/29/26% blend is assembled from vines across the Barossa Valley aged between 15 and 100yo, matured for 16 months in new and used oak. A lot of winemaking IP is on show with this vibrant wine, a light year away from some of the stodgy dead fruit blends of prior times. This will also develop secondary flavours ex the cherry of the grenache.

    Rating: 95 Points

    Source: James Halliday Wine Companion 2019


    Brave Souls GSM 2016

    45% grenache, 29% shiraz, 26% mourvèdre. Grapes sourced from a number of Barossa Valley vineyards, the vine ages ranging from 15 to 100+ years. We take these vine ages in our stride but really they are quite remarkable. One of thing things that really amazes lay wine folk, when you discuss it with them, is just how long grapes vines can keep putting out fruit, how old some of these Australian vineyards are, and how old Australian vines are in comparison to the rest of the wine producing world. I digress.

    This is an immaculate example, its berried fruits both bright and dark, its woody spice notes beautifully integrated, its oak flavours present but in no way dangerous. Aniseed and raspberry, wood spice and toast, the impression generous, the flavours running in a constant stream. 

    Rating: 93 Points

    Source: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front


    Brave Souls GSM 2016

    Huon Hooke's (The Real Review) Buy of the Week (17 April, 2018)

    Brave Souls is a new brand with a story - about an historic shipwreck. Label art by Bruce Goold is a bonus. The bouquet is spicy, foresty and gently stemmy, and there's a touch of licorice on the finish. Plenty of depth and drive, full body and soft tannins. Great value to drink or cellar. 

    Rating: 93 Points

    Source: Huon Hooke, Good Food (10 April, 2018)

     

    Deep, bright red colour with a good tinge of purple, the bouquet foresty and slightly stemmy, with a bunchy kind of spiciness. The palate is intense and full-bodied, powerful and driving, with very good line and length. Delicious, with a trace of licorice-like bitterness on the aftertaste and a warmth of alcohol. A very tidy wine, with power and concentration to burn.

    Rating: 93 Points

    Source: Huon Hooke


    Julia Weirich and the making of Brave Souls

    Source: James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine (5-6 May, 2018)

    When Julia Weirich got her masters degree in industrial engineering in 2012, she was at a loss. She’d never travelled outside Germany, and decided now was the time. But where to? Her friends were unanimous: Australia was the place for her. So, tourist visa obtained, Weirich set off with her backpack full to the brim.

    I must leave many of the dots in her story unconnected, picking up when, with time running out on her visa, Weirich had to secure a sponsored job if she was to stay in Australia. One ad caught her eye, the problem being her ignorance about wine. “What have I got to lose?” she thought, and picked up the phone. After three interviews, at the end of 2013 she joined wine distributor Fesq & Company as marketing coordinator.

    Over the following two years Weirich studied under the Wine & Spirit Education Trust program, yet she felt she needed to really understand how wine was made, so in February 2016 she left Fesq & Co (with the blessing of David Fesq) to undertake her first vintage with Australia’s king of pinot noir, Phillip Jones, in Gippsland. Vintage completed, they parted company good friends – and over the next two years Weirich worked in New Zealand, Italy, France and South Africa. During this time she had kept in touch with Fesq. “They’re family to me,” she says, adding: “I really wanted to return to Australia to make wine.”

    Fesq also needed someone to fill the new role of European wine manager. That filled half the equation; the other half came from the talented duo Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham at Sons of Eden, distributed by Fesq & Co. In collaboration with Ryan and Cowham, Brave Souls is Weirich’s brand, with ’17 and ’18 vintages both lined up to follow the wines featured today. And oh, she’s now studying winemaking with the University of California, Davis, on its extension program.

    2016 BRAVE SOULS THE WHALER BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ
    It has a bright, full crimson hue, and the bouquet speaks of fresh, dark berry fruits. The medium-bodied palate is a first-up triumph, with a finely woven texture carrying red and black cherries, pepper, spice and herb that would more often come from cool climates. 14.5% alc, screwcap 96 points, drink to 2036.

    2017 BRAVE SOULS THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER EDEN VALLEY RIESLING Night-harvested, de-stemmed, chilled, pressed to tank for fermentation at 15˚C. Pale straw-green; the bouquet picks up citrus blossom on the first whiff, the palate seamlessly running with lime/lemon flavours along silvery lines of acidity. A very good example of a very good vintage. 12.5% alc, screwcap 95 points, drink to 2027.

    2016 BRAVE SOULS ABLE SEAMAN BAROSSA VALLEY GRENACHE SHIRAZ MOURVEDRE Matured for 16 months in new and used oak. A lot of winemaking IP is on show with this vibrant wine, a light year away from some of the stodgy dead fruit blends of prior times. This will also develop secondary flavours, thanks to the cherry notes of the grenache. 14.5% alc, screwcap 95 points, drink to 2031.