JB is a ripper human who knows his way around fermenting and growing things, shifted to the Adelaide Hills and surrounds, works alongside Tom Shobbrook and Anton van Klopper and pals, immersed in a technicolour world of winemaking and thinking. Then he released some of his own wines… this is a light-ish, medium-ish, fresher expression of red wine with fruit all picked on the same day - 60% petit verdot, 20% merlot and 20% semillon. The wine sees three days carbonic maceration and then all the fruit is fermented together in stainless steel. It leads to a bright and yet generous, dark-fruited and spicy drop. It was aged in French oak barrel for eight months before bottling, so there's a hint of warm spice in the mix. No additives to be seen. JB recommends you pour the Pirate to your boat crew at about 12C (ie out of the fridge) to keep palates hydrated and ready for a raid.