2011 Inkwell Shiraz

inkwell shirazThe Inkwell vineyard lies on the west side of McLaren Vale in the suburb of Tatachilla. It ripens earlier than most in the region which would seem to be an advantage in a wet year such as 2011. Winemaker Dudley Brown points out that “[a]ll grapes were safely in the shed before the 14 day rain started.” This is a brooding release and it needed all of three days tasting to really begin the conversation.

Typically masculine tannins and tight form with a bit of warmth on the finish. The aroma and flavour profile spans blackberries, tar, red licorice strap and dark chocolate. Well pitched, high quality oak is in evidence. The cooler year manifests in elevated acidity, pepper spice and a subterranean earthy, autumnal savouriness. It’s a wine in need of a plus sign and I expect it to be drinking much better in five or more years time. For the record, I see two rabbits kissing on the label. 91+

Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol: 14.6%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $35
Tasted: October 2013


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3 Responses to 2011 Inkwell Shiraz

  1. Sanjay says:

    “For the record, I see two rabbits kissing on the label.” … a sick mind, very sick :)

  2. Andrew Graham says:

    Squashed butterfly for me :)

  3. Truth be told I always see squashed butterflies in Rorschach tests. I reckon the trick is to look past them :)

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