McLaren Vale III Associates Black Bay Shiraz 2020
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
This is your archetypal rich and full-bodied Vale shiraz. III Associates know their target market, and their target market know them. So it’s packed with ripe purple fruit, sticks of vanilla and generous licks of coffee and caramel.
Named for the Black Bay of Biscay Clay, the vines are grown in, which leads to small grapes of wonderful density. So no wonder the colour, flavour and all the things are dialled up in this wine. The wine spends a year in a combinations of French and American oak barrels - largely new - so there is tannin, notes of cedar and even more power. Lovers of no-holds-barred flavour unite!
“Immensely rich with density and power, this compelling shiraz shows blackberry, violet, olive, cake spice and cedary oak characters on the nose, followed by a superbly concentrated palate delivering multi-layered mouthfeel and stunning complexity. Engaging and densely packed while remaining harmonious and seamless with perfectly pitched tannins.”
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- McLaren Vale
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- 100% Shiraz
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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.