Brick Kiln Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
As solid a Vale shiraz as they come. Built like a brick sh*thouse perhaps? Okay, let’s not go there. But this shiraz by Brick Kiln is from a single vineyard with the grapes getting a classic basket pressing before spending 20 months in American oak. It’s rich and ripe with blackberry, plum, chocolate, coconut and vanilla. The tannins have softened after four years, but there’s still a peppery touch to balance out the fruit. Full-bodied? Yep. Delicious? Yep. Shy? Certainly not!
“This takes me back to my University days in Paris when I would reveal bottles of Aussie wine like this, challenging the French to rival such boldness of flavour. Aromas of dulce de leche, coconut and bourbon, all due to the 20 months in American oak. Chinese five-spice and game scents, too, with a sweet morello cherry accent echoing from the attack to the forceful, plush finish.”
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- McLaren Vale
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McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.