Fresh red fruits (raspberries, red currant) and Redskin lollies, a medium bodied wine with brambly characters on the palate, medium bodied and with a delicious length.
95 points Halliday Wine Companion (Jane Faulkner tasted 2020)
We had terrific winter and spring rains leading up to vintage 2017, a marked contrast to the previous year, proving once again if proof were needed, that every vintage is different. We had a cool early part to spring too, combined with the spring rain. Flowering was about 3 weeks later than the previous year which of course meant that vintage was 3 weeks later than normal, or as some old locals said sagely, back to the old normal. There was a very long and slow ripening period which is terrific for allowing grapes to develop their flavours. We had a pretty dry February March and April, once the spring rains finished in mid-January. Overall a late vintage.
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 2017 Chanticleer Shiraz is made using Shiraz grapes grown exclusively on our Chanticleer Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented then matured in a mixture of 50% new French and older oak.
Soil Type: Urrbrae stony loam
Geology: Christies Beach formation, Quaternary period
Elevation: 138 metres
Vine Age: 33 years
Vine clone: 1127 clone
Volume: 30 dozen
The Real Review
Youthful and dark in the glass, looking fresh for a four-year-old wine. Dark, blue-fruited aromas: cherry, mulberry, dried herbs, spice, vanilla and cedar. Richly-flavoured and full on the palate. Dark cherry, mint chocolate, boysenberry, blackberry and a woodsy edge. Firm and grippy tannins shape the wine very nicely and provide texture and savouriness. Power, poise and precision.
Halliday Wine Companion
The wine is polished yet refined in its own way. Savoury tannins have a velvety plushness, fruit really succulent and spicy and the palate full-bodied but not unwieldy.
Published 01 August 2020 - Jane Faulkner
Picking Date: 3rd March 2017
Bottling Date: 24th October 2018