The Wine Front 8th October 2014 Gary Walsh

Shiraz 2012

Organically grown, and McLaren Vale is a good climate for the undertaking of such noble endeavours. As an aside, I used to prefer McLaren Vale Shiraz, then I thought Barossa was better, and now I think McLaren is probably better.  Looking at their webpage, I see they make a Pinot Noir too. Have to love that.

This pretty much has all the stuff you’re looking for in a McLaren Vale Shiraz. Rich black fruit, liquorice, some spice and earthiness but delivered with a bit of verve and freshness. Medium to full bodied, earthy and a little bit spicy with raspberry liqueur and black fruit, a silky feel at first, then a chomp of chalky tannin comes down on the finish. Cedar oak is well bedded and supports, rather than dominates the wine. Has a fair amount of complexity, but most importantly, is also very good to drink.  

Rated : 93 Points

Tasted : Oct14
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2014 – 2022+