2017 Marius Simpatico Shiraz

McLaren Vale, SA

Stunning idiosyncratic Shiraz from the Marius vineyard. 96 points from The Wine Front and brilliant value for money.



About The Wine

The Simpatico is sourced from the Shiraz vines on the outer perimeter of the Marius vineyard.

Typically, the Simpatico will drink a little younger than the more hefty Symphony cuvee. It's a slightly racier, more streamlined iteration of Shiraz, with spice and a crunchiness a feature alongside the emphatic density that singles out the Shiraz wines from this unique site.

It's a wine of great character and offers incredible value for money. Only a small amount is available such is the ferverish hunger for Roger Pike's wines. To get a taste of Marius, there is no better place to start.

About Marius

Roger Pike's Marius label is one of the modern marvels of McLaren Vale, with his unique red wines eagerly sought after by Australian wine collectors in the know.

Pike's gravel-riddled McLaren Vale vineyard produces remarkable Shiraz and Mourvedre. The focus is squarely on the vineyard at Marius, everything tended by hand. Careful fruit thinning to keep yields down and of the highest quality, no machines, no pesticides, no herbicides. Healthy vines making great wines is what it's all about.

These are rare birds and cellar with incredible integrity. With Roger winding up his time in the vineyard, the few precious vintages he has left are going to be collectables for decades to come.

Owner/winemaker Roger Pike
Owner/winemaker Roger Pike
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer


It is fairly simple.

To grow the best possible grapes in our vineyard and make the best possible wines from those grapes. Wines of integrity that showcase the character of our Shiraz and Mourvedre and our unique terroir. To let the vineyard speak.

Then to offer those wines at a price which represents outstanding value for money.

Finally, to bring a smile to your face when you taste them.

- Roger Pike

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2037
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sunset on Marius vineyard
Sunset on Marius vineyard
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"So harmonious, so much detail and thrust. Someone walked into my tasting space and spat “who ate dark chocolate?” and I looked down at my glass and up at them. Chocolate and a mesh of berries on brambles. Clove and black jelly bean. Just over medium weight, concentrated and inky, slides on rails of fine, lithe tannins, brisk with its acidity and sculpted along its long trajectory through the palate. The finish is fresh. It’s a pitch-perfect fuller flavoured wine of beauty and quiet power." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

The Wine Front

"Not the density and heft of many vintages here, more garrigue and spice, lighter feel in the mouth. Some cocoa liquor or even Chico babies coming through, fine ash tannin, mixed berries, more savoury than fruity, a bit of glycerol as it goes, and fruit volume rising surely with air. Such an interesting iteration for Simpatico. Not dissimilar to a very good Chianti in many ways! So charming." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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Are there volume discounts?

Yes we offer volume discounts on larger orders. Orders over $499 get a 5% and orders over $999 get a 10% discount. This will be automatically applied during checkout.

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