The Formula is the entry into Small Gully’s world. This wine is sourced primarily from a vineyard that Robert Bader owns (hence the name – Robert’s Shiraz) located on the outer reaches of the Adelaide Plains. There is a small dollop of Zippy’s Block in the Barossa Valley. This is a big, full flavored Shiraz produced from 50+ year old vines.
The grapes are were picked via both machine and hand-harvesting and fermented in open-top stainless-steel outdoors for seven days on skins. The wine was nearly dry after a week on skins and was basket-pressed to old American hogheads for maturation. It was racked in the summer and hit with a dose of sulfur then rested for another 17 months, or a total of 24 months in wood. The wine was then racked to tank to settle and bottled without fining or filtration and just another small addition of sulfur.