The 2012 vintage has produce some bold McLaren Vale Shiraz even from vineyards situated in cooler sites, like Yangarra’s. When it comes to descriptions you often find yourself using words that have inherently negative connotations when it comes to Australian wine.
This smells and tastes of blackberry jam, plums, prunes and spice yet the fruit doesn’t feel desiccated and the sweetness isn’t confected. It is full-bodied with a substantial play of toasty oak though. Plenty of mid-palate heft and carry through the back-palate and a fine spread of tannin tying things up. Performs exceedingly well for the price. 92
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: June 2014