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.
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