Winemaker Matt Steel is doing good work at Medhurst. This über-spicy Shiraz from the Gruyere area is a great example. Aged for fourteen months in French oak, 25% whole bunches. The two new barrels used were ‘seasoned’ via their use as fermentation vessels for Sauvignon Blanc previously. Clever.
Black brambly fruits over red and black cherries. Heaps of cracked pepper along with nutmeg and mace. Smoky. Clarity and deft structure. Fine acidity and textured, plump tannin. Hints of hedgerow and herbs to round things out. Terrific energy and flow. A bit of a steal at the price. 93
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasted: June 2014