A wine which exudes the intensity of flavour that has come to be synonymous with Shiraz from the region. The wine is a blend of premium Shiraz sourced from vineyards close to the McLaren Vale township, Blewitt Springs and Tatachilla’s own Clarendon Vineyard. The award-winning range of McLaren Vale wines express the true distinctiveness of the region’s maritime climate and its best varieties. The range showcases wines of vibrant full fruit and succulent texture crafted from 100% McLaren Vale fruit.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010, Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (Australia), 29 May 09 91 Points "…it’s good and tasty. It’s full of those beloved blackberry and chocolate flavours, and there’s a good (and appropriate) crunch of tannin through the finish. If you haven’t already noticed, we like reds that you can sink your teeth into, and you sure can with this."
Newcastle Herald, John Lewis (Australia), 20 May 09 4 Stars "With 14.5 per cent alcohol and gutsy McLaren Vale fruitiness, this shiraz would be a good partner for sun-dried tomatoes and fetta, pork chops or steak and kidney pie. Big blackberry flavour impacts on the front palate and olive, peppermint and anise fruit characters and toasty oak team upon the middle palate. Minty tannins are at the finish."
Canberra Times, Fergus McGhie (Australia), 08 Apr 09 5 Stars "Faultless, superb value and a classic expression of McLaren Vale shiraz would all be fair descriptors of this lithe, yet generous Tatachilla red. Chocolate mocha flavours with intense blackcurrant and mulberry flow into a palate of juicy fruit and vanillin oak. Perfect for impressing friends as this wine is a very well-made crowd pleaser."
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep crimson red with purple hues.
A wine with a lovely, earthy quality to the nose, it features lifted aromas of blackberry and nutmeg with hints of violet.
The palate displays lovely cassis, cinnamon, liquorice and dark chocolate flavours. Lovely fresh Fruit notes and lively acidity – all framed by silky, concentrated tannins.
Great paired with flavoursome dishes such as slow braised lamb shoulder.
Enjoy this wine now or cellar for up to 10 years.
The growing season saw a quite dry, temperate winter in 2006. Some rainfall between November and February maintained good levels of soil moisture for vintage 2007.
The 2007 vintage in McLaren Vale started early, with picking beginning at the end of January. The bulk of the shiraz was picked by February (something which usually happens in March). Yields were down from the previous year but warm and dry conditions resulted in small bunches of intensely flavoured berries.
The fruit for this wine is sourced mainly from vineyards close to the Mclaren Vale township and from sites in Clarendon and Sellicks. Vinification The Shiraz was fermented in small 8 tonne vats for 10 days. Traditional pump over and rack and return methods were used to extract the most out of the skins. This wine was matured in a combination of new (10%) and one – two year old French oak, providing the wine with complexity and balance. The viognier was co-fermented with the shiraz.
Variety 97% shiraz co-fermented with 3% viognier.