Having first tasted this briefly with Nicholas Crampton and considered it good if not much more, I thought I’d wait a while to revisit it…and pop it into a line-up of 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz tasted blind. I don’t think there’s anything very scientific or ‘objective’ about that. It’s just a different approach. Has some Mataro and Eden Valley fruit in the mix for the record.
It’s sweet, chocolatey and plummy but also floral and seasoned with crushed brown spice. What it isn’t is over-extracted or overworked. The tannin is of a much higher quality than you might expect at this price – well actually, it shows more finesse than in many wines twice the price. Oak is scaled back. This time round I was left with an entirely positive impression. 92
Region: Barossa Valley
Tasted: June 2014