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Seriously...purple- blue -black kaleidoscope of ripe fruit and a veritable spice shop of heady aromatics. Exotic cloves, licorice, cracked pepper and blackberry jam. And so is the wine. This is traditional robust McLaren Vale shiraz that you know and love, the kind that just melts in your mouth. It’s rich, it’s juicy, it has notes of plums, red cherries and a hint of spice. And my prediction is you’ll come back to the ‘fo for it at least twice.
About the wine
After 18 months in predominantly American oak hogsheads, the wine was bottled in November 2013. The wine is inky black with hints of dark red, with a wonderful aroma of ripe plum and blackberry fruit rising from the glass. The front palate reveals the taste of dark ripe plums, blackberry and chocolate with overtones of vanillin oak and peppery spice. The texture of the wine is broad and full, with an excellent balance of acid and soft tannins. Mouthfilling flavours of caramel, licorice, berry fruit, vanillin and spice persist on the back palate. A wine that will continue to appeal and integrate over the next ten years.
Winemaker: Brick Kiln Team
Appellation: McLaren Valle, Australia
- 3.9/5.0, Vivino Users
- 94 pts, James Halliday
Grapes: 48% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
3.9 ★ Vivino Users
"Delicious and interesting."
94 pts, James Halliday
"Fermented in 2-tonne open fermenters for 10 days, basket-pressed, 20 months in American (80%) and French hogsheads (30% new). Deep, inky colour; an unashamedly full-bodied shiraz with black fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate and a swish of oak all contributing, easily dealing with the challenge the tannins might have otherwise posed."