The Devil’s Whiskers are the two little marks that appear around the top lips of some people when they drink red wine – even just one glass.
The conditions leading up to the 2011 vintage were extremely favourable with some of the best rainfall seen for more than a decade. The summer was mild early, reminiscent of 2002 and 2004.
This Shiraz was fermented in an open fermenter with heading down cap management and four cap treatments per day. The wine was gently pressed at dryness and aged for 18 months in new French oak Barriques. This Shiraz was mostly sourced from a vineyard nestled in the foothills at the top of McMurtrie Road together with a small percentage from Maslin’s Beach (located very close to the Gulf St. Vincent at the south-western end of McLaren Vale). The McMurtire Shiraz has lovely structure giving solid backbone to the wine with intense mid to back palate presence, the Maslin's portion contributes chalky tannins and minerality.