The 2020 Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen - Mixed
12 Gold Medal winners, seven of which were top in their class and four of which went on to claim a Trophy, make up this year’s superlative Official Royal Adelaide Wine Show Mixed Dozen. Let’s check out the winners below.
First up, a 97 point score for Richard Hamilton’s Little Road Shiraz which has dark fruits, spice, vanilla, aniseed, cedar and fine, chalky tannins. It actually looks quite a lot like its older brother, the Centurion Shiraz, which retails for $80 per bottle. Gold from Pindarie in the Barossa with their well-heeled blend of Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Shiraz. It is a deliciously perfumed, complex and spicy wine. Superb florals, red and blue fruits all emanate from the nose. Flavours of spice, liquorice, thyme, and red and black fruit all abound, and it finishes with fine, firm tannins. Wirra Wirra’s Church Block also picked up a gold and 96 points. The Cabernet shines in this one which shows dark fruits and greenery along with a hint of stonefruit, spice and cedar. It’s reasonably powerful and finishes with ripe, waxy tannins you can almost chew on. Thorn Clarke’s Shotfire is big, bad and black Barossa Shiraz. Rich and intense, with vanilla, coffee, chocolate and blackcurrant liqueur finished with cedar and fine tannins. It has good acid and serious fruit intensity and will no doubt improve over the next 5-8 years. Mount Avoca’s Organic Tempranillo shows lots of cola, aniseed and cloves on the nose. The palate reflects this and builds with blackberries, coffee bean and liquorice. There’s a good whack of acidity here too, keeping everything fresh and bright, pushing fruit forward to a long finish. Alkoomi’s Black Label is a beautifully balanced and intense Riesling sourced from Alkoomi’s first plantings (1971) plus a block they planted to the Geisenheim clone in 2003. Only free run juice is used and the finished wine has blossoms, lime zest, lime juice, grapefruit, mineral acidity and an exceptional structure which will see it improve in bottle for a decade or more. Mr Mick’s Rosé is fashioned from Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Grenache. Light, juicy and slurpable. Playful but seriously good. Strawberries, cream, lychees, rose petal and white peach. Good acid and length. We also have Lake Breeze’s Cab blend which screams Bordeaux, with blackcurrants, graphite and tobacco all joined by spearmint. Powerful, generous and eminently gluggable right now, this will also improve for a decade in the bottle. Finally, the Glenlofty Estate Shiraz is a powerful wine this, redolent of blackberries and graphite. We also found red fruits and black cherries and spice from the high-quality French oak. Excellent already after decanting, this also has a very long life ahead of it.