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Curtis Family Vineyards Pasha Shiraz 2018 Review

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

This is exciting! It's old-school yet well balanced, with notes of suppurating black fruits, dark cherry, compote, furniture polish and spice, black pepper, chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The richness is tempered by decent acidity, which serves as a foundation for all that expressiveness to cling to and, as a result, shine through. Stunning!



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Records show that the Curtis Family name first appeared in Cervaro in 1471, a town established by the Latinium tribe in Central Italy around the Second Century AD. Cervaro is situated approximately 10klms south of the monastery town of Monte Cassino, the site of some of the bitterest fighting between the Allied and German forces in Italy during World war II


In 1499 the Cardinal de Medici allocated Paolo Curtis the authority to administer the Papal lands in the area around Cervaro. Upon these rich soils they established vineyards and olive groves, which are still farmed by the family. They became major wine producing families, selling to large city merchants from Naples and Rome. The Second World War took its toll upon the buildings used as a winery and barrel storage, but more destructive was the introduction of the Phylloxera grape vine louse, badly damaging the vineyards. Some were replanted and are harvested today. It was whilst the later replanting was taking place that the young Claudio Curtis first became involved in vineyards. While his parents tendered the newly growing vines, Claudio tried to help by removing the growing shoots. The Curtis Family have been growing grapes and making wine in McLaren Vale since 1973.


Today the Curtis Family are concentrating on developing complex premium wines for the Australian market. Premium wines that show the Curtis Family passion for great McLaren Vale Wines.


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