This is an intense wine, made from the finest selection of McLaren Vale Shiraz. It’s a full flavoured, powerfully structured wine with solid tannin backbone and tremendous depth. Growing conditions for vintage 2014 were dry producing big intense fruit characters and generous flavour. This is a wine to enjoy on special occasions.
The appearance is deep plum red with crimson around the rim. It’s high in alcohol and leaves long sticky legs on the glass.
Vintage 2014 in McLaren Vale was dry and produced Shiraz with big up front fruit character and massive alcohol which brings the oak esters to the fore. The bouquet is lifted with sweet brandy soaked fruit and cedar wood shavings. With a little breathing the more savoury elements of black olives and smoked bacon add to the complexity.
The palate is drier than the bouquet suggests with earthy, smoky characters on the opening palate. The middle shows some aniseed spice with powdery, fine grained tannins giving grip and texture. Oak is well integrated with a hint of coffee and mocha on the back palate. The finish is long and persistent with a nice dry edge.
A herb crusted rack of lamb char grilled on the barbeque is a great match with this wine. The smoky characters enhance the intensity and ready the palate for complex, full flavoured dishes. Its firm dry finish makes it a great pairing with creamy soft cheese and dried muscatels after the meal.
With the benefit of screw cap closure and a cool stable environment this wine will cellar for over 8 years. It will gain complexity over time and develop a mild crust. Breathing for 30 minutes or more before pouring is recommended and decanting is advised as the wine ages.
Recommended Retail Price (RRP) $32 /Bottle