Martins Vineyard Old Vines McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016 (RRP $150/bottle)
97pts Sam Kim, 95pts James Halliday, 94pts Patrick Eckel, 94pts Tony Love
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.
Manser Dad’s Block Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2017 (RRP $30/bottle)
94pts Sam Kim, 92pts Kim Brebach, 91pts James Halliday, 91pts Wine Showcase Magazine
A brilliantly structured wine light enough on its feet to drink now. Alternately hide it for up to a decade. Plenty of spice, hints of cocoa and chocolate here along with blue and black fruits. Modern and delicious.
Stylistically these Shiraz are as ying and yang as shiraz gets, but both are equally worthy of the cellar for 10+ years or a good hour or so in the decanter. This pack is a great cellar starter or a wonderful way to cross off some “Google Proof” gifts for later in the year.
RRP is $1080, your VIP price is $295.
Please note, we’ve used the claimable benefit of the donation to increase the quality of the wines in the pack so unfortunately, no portion of the purchase is claimable by the purchaser.