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Fox in the Hen House Australian Reds

09 October,2018

‘Fox in the Hen House’ is the new Australian wine brand of David Sayce and Bruce Clugston. Both men have had extensive experience in wine, with David 25 years mainly in wholesale in the U.K. and Australia, and Bruce with 35 years, who launched the ‘Gotham’ label. The ‘Fox in the Hen House’ label originally began as ‘Cat Amongst the Pigeons’, but evolved to what it is today. David operates the business in Australia and Bruce in the U.S. where he is resident, Their portfolio consists of "big generous red wines that offer value”. David and Bruce source fruit from areas in South Australia and have their wines made at a McLaren Vale facility. I review three wines here. They are soft and very ripe, and unashamedly populist in style. www.foxinthehenhouse.wine


Fox in the Hen House South Australia Sparkling Shiraz 2016

Sparkling Wine from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, the bubbles very fine and moderately persistent. This has a a soft and full nose with well-packed aromas of very ripe blackberry, mulberry and boysenberry fruit with black plums melded with a layer of earthiness revealing a little portiness. This has density and presence. Sweet to taste and full-bodied, the palate has sweet and ripe flavours of blackberries, plums, boysenberries and mulberries with notes of jam and port, along with subtle earthy notes. The mouthfeel features creamy effervescence along with light grainy tannin and some alcoholic power. The fruit richness and sweetness carries throughout the palate line, leading to a juicy, plush finish. This is a sweet sparkling Shiraz with very ripe black and blue fruits with a little earthiness on a creamy palate with underlying power. Serve as an anytime wine, and with barbecued red meats over the next 2+ years. Fruit 55% from Currency Creek and other South Australian districts, fermented to 14.0% alc. and 35.2 g/L RS. Carbonated. 16.5/20 Oct 2018 RRP AU$17.99

Fox in the Hen House ‘Fox Hunt’ Australian Red Cabernet/Shiraz 2014

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia


Dark, garnet-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The bouquet is full and broad with aromas of ripe, savoury curranty fruit entwined with earthy elements, unveiling dark plums and nutty elements. This is solid and densely packed. Full-bodied, the palate is restrained in flavour, with light ripe, savoury red berry and curranty notes, with plums and earth. A little savoury detail unfolds from the rounded and dense core. This has weight and presence along with vinosity, the extraction soft and accessible. The wine carries to a light, shy, lingering finish. This Cabernet/Shiraz is restrained in flavour, but shows savoury, earthy currant and plum notes on an accessible palate with weight. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meats over the next 2-3 years. A blend of South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, fermented to 14.9% alc., the wine aged 6 months in seasoned French oak. 15.5+/20 Oct 2018 RRP AU$12.99

Fox in the Hen House Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Dark ruby-red colour with slight garnet tints on the edge. The nose is elegantly proportioned with some depth and rounded concentration showing ripe dark-red and black berried fruits with some minerally reduction, unfolding some liquorice and spice notes with aeration. Full bodied, the palate is soft and plush with a rounded heart of ripe blackberry fruit with black plums, spices and liquorice, and some reductive mineral and slightly bitter hints. The fruit is underlined by plenty of alcoholic power and drive, and the wines flows along a lightly extracted, supple palate line with some texture, leading to an elegant, slender, lingering finish. This is a soft and plush, ripe, rounded Shiraz with blackberry and plum fruit with liquorice and spices and a little reduction with some power and light grip. Match with barbecued red meats over the next 3 years. Barossa Valley fruit fermented to 14.9% alc., the wine aged 6 months in seasoned French oak. 16.0/20 Oct 2018 RRP AU$17.99

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