2013 Three Dark Horses McLaren Vale Shiraz

imageI believe this comes from a single vineyard, I know not where, in McLaren Vale. I’m sure winemaker Matt Broomhead will enlighten me. Distinctive profile for a Shiraz from the region.

Very red fruited on the nose. Cherries and redcurrants with vanilla, chocolate, licorice, blueberries and a little grilled meat on the palate. Assertive, undulating waves of tannin pull the wine through to a very dry finish. Like it. 90

Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap
Price: $24.99
Tasted: June 2014


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2 Responses to 2013 Three Dark Horses McLaren Vale Shiraz

  1. Matt Broomhead says:

    Hi Jeremy- the vineyard is on Seaview Rd (other side of the road from Oliver’s Taranga and up the hill to the west) and, unusually for the area, is on Sandy soil. Its the same sand that runs through Bakers Gully/Blewitt Springs and does a fish hook kind of curve up to Seaview Rd. This vineyard is right on the point of that hook and has some lovely 70-year-old plantings of Shiraz and Grenache (our Grenache fruit comes from here too.) Slightly higher elevation than the Vale floor but interestingly, if you walk 300m North, East or West you’re back on the red brown earth over limestone that is typical to the Seaview area. Fascinating site. Has been totally different to anything I’ve seen but after a few vintages now I think, or more appropriately hope, we’re getting the hang of it. :)


  2. Thanks Matt, really appreciated. There’s no chance I would have picked it as Seaview! And I was unaware there was any Blewitt Springs sand in the subregion. I like the Grenache too. Will get a note up soon.

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