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DON’T TELL GARY SHIRAZ 2018

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2 Gold Medals and Number 1, 5 Stars & Best Buy Shiraz in Cuisine 2020

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  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Grape: 100% Shiraz

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Regions : Victoria

2 Gold Medals and Number 1, 5 Stars & Best Buy Shiraz in Cuisine 2020

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Number 1, 5 Stars & Best Buy Shiraz in Cuisine 2020
Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019
5 Stars – Winestate Magazine Australia


The quirky name may be first to grab your attention, but it is the wine inside the bottle that will really seal the deal. This 2018 vintage is a winner in every sense – already a winner of 2 Gold medals and also awarded Number 1, 5 Stars & Best Buy Shiraz in Cuisine, July Issue 2020.


This wine is a labour of love – one the accountants didn't know about. Winemaker Jo Nash discovered an exceptional parcel of Shiraz from the Grampians which she gently crushed, then tucked away in some ridiculously expensive French oak barrels to age for 12 months. Gary McPherson is the GM and also an accountant. The wine speaks for itself – minimal intervention, purity of fruit, Shiraz at its best. 


Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Our DTG Shiraz is created by sourcing and harvesting only the very best premium Victorian fruit. Wines from this region typically produce characters of elegance, power and beauty with staying power. The wine was fermented with wild yeast, in open pots, hand plunged twice a day for 10 days. As soon as primary fermentation was complete, the wine was racked into 500L French Oak Puncheons (80% New Oak, 20% 1 Year Old), where it was left to go through malolactic fermentation. With minimal intervention, the viticulture/winemaking was more important than ever.  

The DTG Shiraz is a beautiful dark garnet colour with black cherry, blueberry and mixed spice on the nose. Hints of pepper and soft oak spice are beautifully integrated with blackberry fruits and medium bodied silky tannins.

This is a special occasion wine. Drink with like-minded wine lovers who enjoy sticking it to the man! Take a moment to admire the gorgeous colour of the wine, then it’s a perfect match to charcuterie and cheese, char grilled steak, or a meat pie. Do what you want to do, just DTG."


Number 1, 5 Stars & Best Buy, Cuisine Australian Shiraz Tasting, July 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"If you’re wondering who Gary is… he’s the winery accountant and the accountant is the last person to know when a winemaker goes rogue. Which is exactly what McPherson Wines winemaker, Jo Nash, did when she found an exceptional parcel of shiraz grapes in a single vineyard in Victoria, South Australia, which had been established in 1998. A covert winemaking operation ensued with wild yeast, open-top fermentation, allegedly extraordinarily expensive oak and minimal intervention in the winery with the intention to let the fruit shine through. I don’t know if Gary ever did find out.

A warm, dry vintage in 2018 meant grapes had to be picked quickly to ensure the quality of fruit needed for a wine like Don’t Tell Gary. This wine is all about allowing the fruit to sing and, boy, does it; this is a delicious example of a cooler-climate shiraz with floral blueberry and blackberry fruits and just a hint of pepper spice. The succulent berry and black-fruit characters flow on through to the palate with acidity and silky tannin polish supporting a luxe finish. Perfectly described by head judge Ben as a shiraz with poise, presence and personality."


5 Stars Winestate, April 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Sweet confectionery nose – all blackberries and cedar oak. Stewed plum and red fruit flavours and fine tannin structure".


Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…


Best Buy, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, June 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Pristine aromas of violets, cassis, blackberry and blueberry backed by faintly smoky, tight-grained oak are lifted by scents of spice and cracked pepper. It’s medium to fullish in weight, long and elegant, with mouth-filling, vivacious fruit of perfect clarity extending over a fine, seductive backbone of crunchy tannins towards a gentle but emphatic finish. An old-fashioned ‘Burgundy’ style from one of the best of all shiraz regions, the Grampians. Incredible value."

We provide a door to door delivery service nationwide. Delivery charges are calculated on a 12 bottle case or part there of.

Delivery charges are calculated during the checkout process. Please ensure you choose the correct delivery region. We will advise you if you have chosen the incorrect delivery region.

You may also choose to 'pick up' your order from our wine shop at 188 Durham Street South, Christchurch.

For further details on prices and delivery options please go to the Delivery & Returns section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that it may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on (03) 3655134.

Note, for orders of 1 - 2 bottles we charge an additional $3 for packaging. To ensure the safety of the bottles we use specially designed posting boxes.

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