Pirramimma Ironstone Shiraz 2019
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
Pirramimma has mastered powerful McLaren Vale shiraz. Their Ironstone vineyard is comprised of old vines trained on low trellises. This means high concentration of flavour and very low yields. So they take these dark, dense grapes, crush and ferment them into wine, and put them to rest for two years in American oak (40% new). There’s cranberry, cherry, black plum, mocha, spice, vanilla, coconut and on and on and on. The tannins are firm, the oak harmonious and the fruit muscular. Shiraz for the bold with the bling to back it up.
Please note: this wine was bottled under both cork and screwcap, so there is a chance that your box will be screwcap, not cork as indicated below.
“As they used to say on my local radio station when I was a kid, ‘and the hits just keep coming’ with another terrific McLaren Vale shiraz. The combination of a concentrated but quality vintage and those low trellises, from a contoured vineyard, resulted in minimal yield, under two tonnes per acre. This is the fourth release of this wine and we look forward to many more. And concentrated this wine is. Wonderful aromas of black cherries, mocha, leather, black olives, licorice, mulberries, vanilla and more. There is oak but it is exceptionally well integrated. This is a wine that could easily be enjoyed tonight, but will also reward extended cellaring. If you have good cellaring conditions, don’t be afraid to give this ten to twenty years.”
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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.