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No new McLaren Vale wine range would be complete without a hearty, robust Shiraz.
Alex Sherrah knows how to make a top Shiraz from this region. Having been in charge of the famous wines of Coriole for many years now, Alex has a wealth of experience which he drew on to make his first Sherrah Shiraz.
This is a classic version of the variety, filled with dark berries, chocolate and coco-like tannins.
It’s a richly flavoured wine, densely concentrated and full bodied. It will be perfect for those who enjoy a red with a bit of grunt.
What It Tastes Like
Blackberry, coco, bramble and a lick of sweet oak. Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. It ticks all the boxes. Luscious fruit. Sheets of grainy tannin. It’s a big mouthful of wine with plenty to like about it.
91 points. “Plum, dark cherry jam, smoked spices, black liquorice. It’s medium to full bodied, quite ferrous and tannic, but fleshy and sweet fruited too – almost a black jellybean kind of flavour – with earth, black olive and sheets of tannin to close it out. It’s quite rugged, but I like it. Thoroughly regional.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
– Fruit from the Lacey vineyard in the Tatachilla sub region of southern McLaren Vale. Only a few kilometres from the sea and almost at sea level, it is a cool maritime influenced area of the Vale. Sandy Loam over limestone base scattered with ironstone fragments.
– 1654 clone vines planted on their own roots
– Fruit was machine harvested by a Pelenc harvester with onboard destemmer, this resulted in the grapes being delivered straight to the open fermenter requiring no further destemming or crushing.
– Whole berries, hand plunged for 14 days then gently pressed to seasoned French Hogs Heads plus a single new barrel.
– Natural malolactic fermentation occurred, aged for 9 months prior to bottling unned and unltered.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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