The fifth bottling of the Wade Block 2 from McLaren Flat. Grown in deep sand, this is an amazing vineyard in that it is approximately 10 years old, but planted with cuttings sourced from a very old local vineyard and own roots. Again, very distinctive and complex, and more than qualifies for the ‘Single Vineyard’ label.
After a wet winter and an abnormally mild summer created prime ripening conditions, the McLaren Vale 2005 vintage was earlier and shorter than usual. Higher Baumes were recorded but fruit flavour ripeness did lag behind this causing all vineyards in the region to ripen at once.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Sydney Royal Wine Show 2008 (Australia), February 08
Winewise, Len Sorbello (Australia), 01 Dec 09
"Big blackberry aromas, even some mulberry and hints of spice on the nose - clean and youthful - lovely depth of spicy, chocolatey fruit with long, savoury tannins. The flavours are very persistent and there is no mistaking its regional heritage. "
www.winefront.com.au, Campbell Mattinson (Australia), April 08
"This is a tarry, earthy, gamey expression of McLaren Vale shiraz. It has quite a deal of drying tannin and noticeable alcohol warmth, though its chocolaty, violetty, blueberried finish is very tasty indeed (the word indeed should be mandatory in all wine reviews). This is matured in 80 percent American oak with the rest in new and one year old French. Theres evident oak but its been well played. Over the next three or four years this wine will make for very satisfying drinking. Drink: 2009-2013"
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep, purple red and very dense, almost ‘brooding’.
Savoury briar notes along with the expected lush, McLaren Vale blackberry jube fruit. Integrated vanillin oak edge.
PalateSeamless palate combining ripe tannins, dark berry/chocolate Shiraz fruit and perfect oak. Some 'Turkish Delight' sweet fruit at the start and long from the alcohol/glycerol. An almost spicy after palate.
A classic McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Medals & Trophies
Bronze Medal - Sydney Royal Wine Show 2008 (Australia), February 08