2017 Ponting Wines 366 Shiraz Cabernet

Highly Rated
This is a really serious, massive Shiraz Cabernet blend. Mainly McLaren, with Coonawarra fruit alongside, benchmark stuff.

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A cricketer's number, is a cherished and honoured representation of where they came in the pantheon of Aussie Test players. Unique and one of a kind, each player is indelibly linked to their number forever.

366, the iconic player, and the icon wine of his range. A blend of mainly McLaren Vale Shiraz alongside Cabernet from both the Vale and Coonawarra. Full-bodied, and fuller flavoured, the wine showcases the quality oak and fruit, with velvety texture and soft tannins. Sweet spice, dark fruit, coffee-chocolate, so much going on here.

A palate staining wine, all kept in balance with fresh acidity. The big heavy bottle give a fair indication of what to expect inside. A wine for now, but also, like the great man himself, will age very gracefully.

Components of the 2017 Ponting "366" were fermented in traditional open fermenters, and following pressing, finished their fermentation in oak; approximately 80% was French and the balance American, 35% of which was new oak. Vineyard parcels were kept separate during fermentation and maturation and were blended three months prior to bottling. With a full two years in barrel the wine was then bottle aged and released when near its prime. The wine is fine, elegant, stylish and structured akin to what was once known as “claret”. Enjoy now, or cellar for another 10 years.

94 Points - "It’s a fuller figured, deeply flavoured red. Dense wall of foggy perfume, all ripe plum, choc-mocha, salt bush and sweet spice with whiffs of clove and cedar. The palate is oh-so smooth, velvety, long and luxurious. Concentration is a feature but the wine doesn’t feel overwhelming in that regard, it’s even, lifts on a quiet wash of soft tannin and fresh acidity, and, though palate staining, tidies up nicely with each sip. Flavourtown, starring shiraz and cabernet. A premium feeling wine of fanciness and drinkability, in a broader shouldered, muscular style. Done well." 94+ points-Mike Bennie (Wine Front)

95 Points - "This blend of McLaren Vale and Coonawarra shiraz and cabernet is a wine of some finesse, and finesse isn't always associated with Aussie wines in toe-breakingly heavy bottles like this one. It has appealing aromas of cassis, plum cake, gentle spice, cocoa, and skilfully-handled oak. It's smooth and lush in the mouth, full-bodied and lingering in flavour, with soft, ripe tannins folded through in excellent balance. A classy example of the big South Australian red." Ralph Kyte-Powell (The Real Review)

92 Points - "A ridiculously heavy bottle adding a solid amount to the price. Opaque. All to script: high octane, with a reductive sash conveying tension to bitter chocolate, blue- and dark-fruit allusions, seaweed, cherry bon-bon and a curb of vanillin oak. Good pushy length. Tangy hot finish. This will please many." Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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