A trip to McLaren Vale just over a week ago confirmed the quality of the 2012 vintage for reds. Density of flavour, mid-palate weight, no desiccated fruit. While the best of the 2011s produced a perfumed delicacy which allowed consumers to look at the region askew, I suspect these wines will have enormous appeal to those seeking a more traditional regional expression.
The fruit sits somewhere between red and black in hue. Violets and plums, vanilla and milk chocolate. Sensibly applied creamy, malty oak. The architecture enables clear and precise enunciation of the flavours on the palate. Might well be worth stashing a few bottles in the cellar. 93
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: May 2014