After raising an astonishing $40,000 in its first year, Vinomofo is once again collaborating with a collection of McLaren Vale winemakers for The Homeless Grapes Project. As of April 7, a 2016 vintage of McLaren Vale Shiraz will be available to all community-conscious wine lovers.
Coming off an unbelievably successful 2015 vintage, The Homeless Grapes Project is hoping to raise $50,000 this year for Adelaide homeless centre, Hutt Street. With an aim to end homelessness for everyone that walks through their door, it offers help to its 200+ daily visitors in every possible way, shape and form. From feeding and clothing them to finding legal aid and employment, there is very little that Hutt Street doesn’t do.
This project is the perfect marriage for both wine lovers and humanitarians Australia wide. Every aspect of the project has survived off generous donations, from the grapes and winemaking all the way to the bottles, labels and sales. This year, renowned winemaker Charlie Seppelt from Hickinbotham Wines has made the McLaren Vale Shiraz with grapes generously donated by Jock Harvey from Chalk Hill Wines. Cooperages 1912 has donated oak barrels, Damian Torresan from Torresan Estate has bottled the beautiful finished product and Collotype Labels has printed the funky labels for each bottle. The community of McLaren Vale has banded together to pick all of the grapes and Vinomofo has managed all things sales, distribution, design and donations for the project.
The wine itself is a very different type of shiraz to what normally comes out the McLaren Vale. Chalk Hill’s grapes have provided the wine with a bold colour and fleshy varietal characteristics and a strong tannin line that beautifully balances the wine. It is perfect to drink on its own or with a decadent winter meal.
On sale from April 7, and priced at $15 per bottle, The Homeless Grapes Project shiraz will be available exclusively from Vinomofo’s website. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Hutt Street Centre to support Australia’s growing homeless population.