Martins Vineyard Limited McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
Special Price $100.00 Regular Price $150.00
You could call this the Back to the Future Shiraz. It is relatively low alcohol and features American oak yet has stunning intensity of blue and black fruits with absolutely no overripe characters. It is neither the heaving, jammy and over oaked behemoth of old, nor the modern, perfumed pretty which is in favour at the mo. On paper it could be a trainwreck but somehow it pulls together a bit like that old tune which still pops up from time to time … something old, something new, one to follow, fruited blue. And maybe black too.
McLaren Vale, SA
Curtis Family Vineyards
Now - 2030
97pts Sam Kim, 95pts James Halliday, 94pts Patrick Eckel, 94pts Tony Love
Drawing on Shiraz plantings from the 1950s this is a small batch wine (release is about 600 dozen) made to honour some of Australia's older Shiraz traditions bowing only slightly to modern trends. It is neither an over oaked jammy bruiser nor a modern midweight perfumed delicacy … rather it endeavours well to combine the best bits of both oeuvres. From the 1970s and 80s comes relatively low alcohol … at 14% this is low by Aussie standards where most Shiraz sit between 14.5 and 15.5% alcohol. This gives the wine a tightness, refinement and ageability and a freshness of fruit rather than jam. Next, American oak … French is pretty much all the rage these days, so it is unusual to find vanilla notes floating around … but the oak here is very high quality, the grain is tight and the toast gentle, so the vanilla becomes a complexing component rather than the headline act. Finally, old vines and low yield … this is an extremely concentrated wine with vibrant blue and black fruits, a silkiness and smoothness that reflects its price tag and a level of tannin and acidity which speaks to its long life ahead.
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