"What impresses immediately is its drinkability and savouriness. Sure it has a combo of dark red fruits and minty-blackberries dusted in cocoa, but they play second fiddle to the woodsy spices and meaty flavours. It tastes cool even as in it is not big and ripe with gritty tannins, just a slight green walnut bitterness clipping the finish." 92pts - Jane Faulkner - Wine Companion
"So good to see McLaren Vale Shiraz increasingly turned out with no new oak employed. This is a little beauty. It’s very purple tasting, juicy and lively, all perfume and spice, along with juicy crushed berries, some meaty complexity, light grainy tannin grip, and a long bright finish. It has depth and character. Rose oil aromatics lingering. Excellent." 93pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
Where this wine comes from - McLaren Vale
Just south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is a red wine drinker’s haven, producing rich, velvety textured reds the state is known for. Looking over St Vincent Gulf, the maritime influence in McLaren Vale helps to keep summer temperatures down while the steady temperatures are perfect for producing balanced reds that are certainly easy on the palate. In a similar vein to the Barossa, McLaren Vale hangs its hat on Shiraz, but similarly, Grenache and Mourvèdre play a strong supporting role – perhaps outshining the star of the show on occasion! Certainly its GSM blends deserve recognition, producing seamless wines. Enjoying its Mediterranean climate, it comes as no surprise that the wines of McLaren Vale are perfect with hearty Italian dishes – ragout, pizza, or an antipasto platter – you can’t go wrong.