Shiraz 2018 – Black Market Deal #37178
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
This is the flagship wine from one of the Vale’s most exciting and progressive producers. They don’t make much but we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on a parcel. It’s from old vines and naturally fermented with a more-than-negligible percentage of whole bunches before having a relaxing hibernation in 50% new French oak. It’s dense, but carries a beautiful perfume of berries and forest floor. The palate features blackberry, chocolate and cardamom. Behind all of this is quite evident oak that is settling into form as the wine ages. So drink now if you like those cedary notes, or exercise some patience if you want to wait for the oak to slip into the background.
What is a Black Market deal?
Black Market deals are only made possible if we don’t reveal the maker’s brand on site. The wines are the genuine article – absolutely no cleanskins or fake brands, just dangerously good value. You won’t find out what it is until it hits your doorstep, but you won’t regret it. Just keep it on the down low.
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- McLaren Vale
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- Blend Info
- 100% Shiraz
- Serving Temp.
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.