This Heirloom Vineyards Shiraz was sourced from our neighbours the McMurtrie Family’s extraordinary and low yielding old vines, just adjacent to the Salopian Inn, where Ross McMurtrie, Vigneron was born. 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 one-year old French and Bulgarian oak barriques for 16 months.
Shiraz can be a simple sip or a symphony of the senses, a moment of pleasure or an eternity of contemplation. Only the poet can know, so stop thinking and surrender.
A brightly coloured wine with a reassuring opaqueness: it looks - as it proves to be - friendly and conversational.
The aromatics of McLaren Vale’s Shiraz: white pepper freshly milled; white chocolate freshly microplaned; pstachio husks; a friendly neighbour’s plum tree laden at season’s first flush and a zephyr carrying that smell… A floral, petuna-addled nosegay.
The palate is dry and long with a grainy and rolling wave pattern of gentle tannins topped with silky white chocolate and blackberry fruit. Licks of acid around the edges of fruit flavour spark much joy… A round and dry back palate is like a lightly starched and freshly ironed Egyptian Cotton dinner shirt waiting for a silk bow tie.
With its combination of restrained hedonism and kindly formality this red wine explains why the world loves McLaren Vale Shiraz so much, yet also reminds all and sundry that such wine can also be a natural statement of finesse and elegance at the same time. A char-grilled spatchcock quail? A lamb shank cooked with a hint of chilli and some star anise? A simple goat stew.
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