The blend in this wine is approximately 76% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. Shiraz components for the blend were selected for fruit richness and elegance. Cabernet Sauvignon for ripe round tannins and length; and the Cabernet Franc batches were selected for aromatic lift and fruit weight. All varieties were matured in 1 to 4 year old French and American barrels for 20 months prior to blending.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, likewise gold medals from China, Germany and Belgium. An unusual blend, especially for McLaren Vale; it is more savoury than most reds of the region, and has elegance and length. Rating 92 - Drink by 2022, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red with purple hues.
The nose reveals an enticing array of musk, strawberry, smoky toast and vanilla bean with a fresh herb and spearmint lift. Integrated cinnamon and nutmeg aromas derived from barrels used in fermentation add to the aromatic complexity of the wine.
A rich, full flavoured front and mid palate is laden with red cherry, plums and blackcurrant layered with hints of strawberry and vanilla custard; all interlaced with rich, toasty oak. The wines luscious fruit is framed by long textural Cabernet tannins in combination with balanced and elegant oak tannins. A great drinking wine of complexity and substance.
This wine is styled to be food friendly and we suggest it is ideal for enjoying with food in restaurants or at home. Subsequent cellaring for 2 to 8 years will give a softer more complex wine, and for those who love very aged wines the firm tannins should see this wine easily achieve 12 or more years in the bottle.
Medals & Trophies
Double Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2014
Gold Medal - AWC Vienna 2014
Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2014
Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
Gold Medal - Berlin Wine Trophy 2014
Silver Medal - International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014
Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014
Silver Medal - Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2014
Silver Medal - Wine & Spirits Asia Wine Challenge 2014
Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
Silver Medal - Mundus Vini 2014
Bronze Medal - Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Bronze Medal - Japan Wine Challenge 2014
Bronze Medal - Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
Bronze Medal - Challenge International du Vin 2014
Bronze Medal - International Wine Challenge 2014 Tranche 2