Delicious and old-school.
Martins Vineyard 2016 Shiraz - Full bodied and robust, yet entirely delicious and old-school familiar. 94 points.
This is one crazy good wine
I had to look twice as the label said McLaren Vale Shiraz. This is no high alcohol bull of a wine, and it is definitely not s*** either. It is as if the McLaren Vale packed its bags and spent a vintage travelling around the Ribera Del Duero an hour north of Madrid. For those who do not know yet, Ribera Del Duero is famous for producing some of the most outstanding Tempranillo in Spain. It is less acidic and more robust and richer than other Spanish Temps, known for stepping up the game in producing rounder more balanced wines, approachable in their youth. Which no one has said about Rioja, EVER!
The Martins Shiraz has moved away from the big juicy jammy style of traditional Barossa Shiraz and donned its Red cape to tame the American oak bull. Seriously, this is one crazy good wine, crazy that they even attempted to make it like this. Straight out of leftfield, it is like watching a mariachi band play Jimmy Barnes. You scratch you head to understand the what, then the why, but deep down you cannot help but love its quirkiness. To call it quirky is like saying Elle McPherson has a good personality. Sure, you are blown away by how complex and beautiful her personality is but deep down it just has one hell of an attractive "body” that will look amazing for many years to come.