Fox Creek `Vixen` Sparkling Red NV (6 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049
$22.99 per Bottle
$137.94 per pack

Overview

Aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, musk and mocha. The silky palate oozes flavours of sweet blackberry, licorice and chocolate and finishes with a balanced explosion of spice, crisp acid and soft elegant tannin length.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Dense and dark purple, wth a nose that leaps out of the glass, packed with blackcurrent spice, fruit cake and a touch of black pepper. On the palate this savoury wine has a ton of black fruit with coffee and chocolate. The tannins are grippy but not drying and there’s good acidiy which you need with such a rich wine. It finishes with sweet and a slightly bitter kick. A lot of flavour and a great example of a dry, sparkling red." Sumptous Magazine, April 2013

“A McLaren Vale blockbuster made predominantly from shiraz. It’s full of fruit, spice and dark fruits; a bit like tucking into a slice of black forest gãteau.” Qantas, The Australian Way, February 2009

“Vixen, made from McLaren Vale Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc, is deep, purplish and foaming, with a sweet blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and savoury, regional earthy characters. It’s complex, velvet-smooth and mouth-filling with soft, easy tannins. 4.5 stars." Ralph Kyte Powell, Epicure, The Age, December 2010

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Vibrant, deep purple with fine sparkling bead.

Aroma

Lifted leafiness with strawberries, red cherries, white chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla bean.

Palate

A powerful wine rich and soft in texture. The silky palate oozes sweet plum and black cherries at the front, coffee, crème brulee and dark chocolate in the mid palate, all finished with an elegantly balanced explosion of spicy vanillin oak, crisp acid and soft elegant tannin length.

Medals & Trophies

Blue Gold Medal, Sydney International Wine Competition 2010

Silver Medal, Effevescents du Monde 2012

Silver Medal and Highly Commended, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2012

Silver Medal, AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2010

Bronze Medal, Japan International Wine Challenge 2013

Bronze Medal, International Wine Guide Spain 2013

Bronze Medal, China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2013

Bronze Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2012

Bronze Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010 (UK)

Bronze Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2010

Bronze Medal, Japan Wine Challenge 2010

Vintage
non-vintage
Region
SA - McLaren Vale
Grape Style
Sparkling Red
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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It all began when a group of medicos decided to realise a lifelong passion - creating a wine from bare earth and sunshine. The earth was found at McLaren Vale, one of South Australia's premier wine regions, renowned worldwide for its Shiraz and other red wines. The sunshine was free.

When Jim and Helen Watts bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines as the soils were heavy clay. The property had previously been used for growing barley and grazing sheep. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines. Their labours bore fruit - extraordinary good quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into supreme quality wines. Under the skilled guidance of the winemakers, the wines came to life!

Leader of the pack and the first wine made at Fox Creek was our 1994 Shiraz, which won the Trophy for the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 1995. McLaren Vale is the gateway to the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to some of the best produce and vineyards in the country. With over 76 wineries in McLaren Vale along, visitors can spend days experiencing some of the best wines in the world.

Fox Creek has three company vineyards or approximately 60 hectares of vines. The vineyards are within a range of 5 kilometres, near the village of Willunga.On our vineyards we grow most common grape varieties. The red varieties are our specialty, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The white varieties grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Semillon.

Fox Creek has always protected and enhanced the areas surrounding the vineyards with plantings of indigenous native trees. These provide habitat, food and shelter for native birds. Our focus is to be environmentally friendly and only use sustainable practices if possible. We strive to minimise the use of any chemical or other artificial agents.

All of our vineyards are hand pruned to control vigour. Hand pruning also controls cropping levels which are kept quite low, enabling us to produce small berries full of concentrated flavour and colour.

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