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King's Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre 2016

This Heirloom Vineyards King’s Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre was crafted with grapes from hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch, naturally open fermented with regular hand plunging and gentle pumping over to extract colour, flavour, and tannin. Aged in some new but mainly 3 and 4 year old French and American oak Hogsheads for 16 months. 

Dark and dense and very formally attired, this classic Rhone blend is confidently and powerfully at home in McLaren Vale. The combined grape varieties throw heady aromas of earth, plums, spice, meatiness, white chocolate and pink peppercorns.
 
This is a red wine with great concentration and depth, but its more savoury elements help it to break stride; it is a red that wants to develop and show each grape variety’s best attributes: the mulberry and blueberries of the Shiraz; the violets and raspberries of the Grenache; and the spicy, leafy and rosewater qualities of the
Mourvèdre.

The back palate and the finish of the wine has tang and zing, bringing a very satisfying end to a grainy yet giving red. There’s so much wine here, but so little artifact. The wine’s effortless structure makes it very approachable now, and augurs well for cellaring.

Awards

  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018 – Gold Medal
  • Sydney International Wine Competition 2019 – Blue Gold Award (Provisional as at 29/10/18)
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Gold Medal, 90 Points
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show 2018 – Gold Medal
  • Sommelier International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2019 – Silver Medal
  • McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018 – Silver Medal, 90 Points
  • International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • International Wine & Spirit Challenge 2019 Tranche 1 – Silver Medal, 91 Points
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