There are dense black fruits on the nose, as well as scents of butcher shop and dark chocolate. This is a fully focused wine, with a sweet long palate with lashings of black fruit.
We recorded just about average annual rainfall over the year, which resulted in healthy crops of Shiraz and Cabernet. The weather then remained almost perfect for the rest of vintage. The general consensus amongst winemakers in the Vale is that 2010 marks an exceptional year for both red and white wines.
"Scarce Earth is a McLaren Vale initiative exploring and celebrating the geological climatic and soil diversity of the region. All wines come from a single block, a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality."
The 2010 Braden’s Shiraz is made from two 300 litre barrels from our Braden’s Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented and then matured in four year old French oak to allow the expression of the vineyard in its purest form.
Soil Type: Bay of Biscay
Geology: Christies Beach Formation, Quaternary period.
Elevation: 90 metres
Vine Age: 38 years
Vine clone: Unknown, thought to be a Reynell selection
Volume: 63 dozen
Australian Financial Review Liefstyle Tim White 23rd May 2012
Quite alcoholic smelling but this doesn’t subsume the aromatic basil-like herbs and (positive) eucalypt notes. With air, there’s chocolate and sweet roast meats. Has warmth and chew on the palate, but it’s somehow mellow and rounded.A touch of sea saltiness provides welcome sapidity, and a lick of soy. Could do with another five years. 94(95)/100, 8/10,
Out of 100 = empiric rating.
Out of 10= hedonic – how much I like it. Brackets = the rating when drunk at its best.
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2013
Only two 300-litre, four-year-old French oak barrels were used to make this hand-bottled, unfiltered wine designed to fully reflect its place of origin, which is handsomely does with its lush plum, black cherry, blackberry and mocha flavours; the tannins are there, but it's the fruit that's talking.
Rating: 93 points
Picking Date: 5th March 2010
Bottling Date: November 2011