Chanticleer Shiraz has a nose of dark red fruits and marshmallow flowers, as well as spice and fresh earth. The palate is full, even and long, with characters of very dark (not bitter or sweet) chocolate.
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 Chanticleer Shiraz is made from a single 300 litre barrel from our Chanticleer Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented then matured in four year old French oak to allow the expression of the vineyard in its purest form.
Soil Type: Urrbrae stony loam
Geology: Christies Beach formation, Quaternary period
Elevation: 138 metres
Vine Age: 22 years
Vine clone: 1654, BVRC12 and an unknown clone
Volume: 33 dozen
Wine Taste Special edition # 75 Tyson Stelzer
Four-year-old French oak provides plenty of space for expressive, primary fruit integrity of black plums and blueberries to take to the stage, with a backing track of finely textured tannins, subtle dark chocolate oak and well-balanced acidity.
James Halliday's Wine Companion Newsletter 1st November 2012
Intense, deep purple-crimson; only one hogshead (300 litres) of this quintessential McLaren Vale shiraz, with multiple layers of luscious plum and blackberry fruit, dark chocolate and supple tannins – a powerful affirmation of the value of organic viticulture.
Rating: 96 points
Drink before 2025
Picking Date: 3rd March 2010
Bottling Date: November 2011