I have to admit there are moments when I crave the full bodied-ness of a Shiraz but don’t want o commit myself to something too sweet or with too much acid. And unless it has a few years under its belt or you’re shelling out some serious dosh, there’s always that risk. Fortunately though, I’ve found this; a wine that is both gutsy yet elegant and smooth. The aroma is equal parts fruit, spice, and earthiness, while the palate is pleasantly light by shiraz standards. Blueberries, cherry and dark chocolate work well with each other, while a back note of spice, liquorice and cedar gives the overall flavour a savoury tang and a rather moreish savoury finish.
Awards and Accolades
2013 Vintage: 95 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "From the opening whiff through to the finish and aftertaste, the wine rings the bell of McLaren Vale, its black fruits wrapped in Belgian chocolate; while filled with these flavours, high quality oak and supple tannins lend support and structure, and the aftertaste is savoury, not fruit-sweet."
The Age Good Wine Guide: This shiraz has a complex nose that has the benefit of some nice winemaking. Oak adds aromatic lift and spicy complexity here; there's a little pepper and earth too, plum and licorice – very much in the regional stamp. The palate's rich yet soft, and the oak peeks above the radar here. There's plenty of sweet spice, decent carry, ripe dark fruits and mocha to close.
From the Winery
This Shiraz was mostly sourced from two vineyards, one located in the gateway to McLaren Vale together with fruit from Maslin’s Beach (located very close to the Gulf St. Vincent at the south-western end of McLaren Vale). The gateway sourced Shiraz has lovely structure giving solid backbone to the wine with intense mid to back palate presence, the Maslin's portion contributes chalky tannins and minerality.
This Shiraz was fermented in an open fermenter with floating cap management with four cap turnovers per day. The wine was gently pressed at dryness and aged for 18 months in new French oak barriques.
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WBW Rating: 95/100
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Winemaker: Kevin O'Brien
Drink now until: 2032
Alc/Vol: 14.5 %
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