Pirramimma War Horse Shiraz 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
Sometimes words or phrases can be so very evocative. ‘War horse’ is certainly one of those. It evokes strength, power, determination and reliability, and it’s absolutely fitting for this wine. The Pirramimma War Horse shiraz is sourced from old vines with small yields and concentrated flavours. The palate is incredibly intense with mulberry, licorice, blueberry, anise and cedar. Preceding that is a bouquet of blackberry, plum, mint, vanilla and olive. The oak (both French and American) has been generously applied, providing a structure for ageing.
“If one may commence with the bottom line, this is the best wine I have seen from Pirramimma. A cracker, from miniscule yields on low-trellised vines. Colour moving from deep red to maroon with aromas of chocolate and cherries plus black fruits. At this early stage, there is still plenty of high quality oak evident but it is integrating well providing vanillin notes. Also some mulberries emerge on the palate. It is seamless and structured and with such very fine silky tannins. The texture is goose-down soft and the chocolate continues. This really is such a ‘want-more’ wine. Deliciously hedonistic, as one finds with the best McLaren Vale shiraz. Surely twenty years ahead of it.”
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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.