Red Tug O’ War: Barossa, Clare & McLaren Vale w/ an Italian Ref!
Here’s 12 cracking reds selected by our tasting team. From the Barossa, stunning 96 point Cab from Curator Wine Co., Sieben Klon’s ethereal 95 point Grenache made from 8 distinct clones and made by growers who have supplied fruit for Penfolds St Henri, Stonehouse’s super-premium, old vine, 97-point Shiraz which wine writer Kim Brebach has compared to Grange and Lone Palm Crossings’ beautifully rich Barossa Shiraz which already has a couple of scores of 95 in the bag.
McLaren Vale brings us the Oliver’s Taranga Shiraz which is spiced and intensely fruited, Haselgrove’s premium Cab, rated 95 by James Halliday - varietal, intense and delicious, an incredibly rich and sumptuous Small Batch Grenache rated 95 points by Huon Hooke, who is noted for his often low scores, and, Pasha’s magnificent Shiraz which more than one customer has said is the best Shiraz they have had this year.
From the Clare, a trio of wonderful and awarded Kilikanoon reds.
Finally the referee of this colossal battle, Ca Botta’s Rubicondo, made from air-dried Corvina and Rondinella blended with a little Merlot. It offers black fruits and spice, cedar and fine tannins. It’s also smart enough to give up the reffing gig and sit on the sidelines watching the fight unfold. No doubt, more than enough quality claret will be spilled for it to enjoy as the contest plays out.