2014 was a challenging vintage for any grower to get a solid handle on. It was equally as trying for a winemaker to determine pick dates. A wet winter really helped to save an unexpected blazing hot and dry spring. This led to a rainy and cool start to the summer, compounded by three weeks of heat. Thankfully this dry heat naturally dried out the grapes and the result is were evenly ripe grapes with little rot and mildew problems.
This wine has generally drunk well above its price point and the 2013 offering is no different. McLaren Vale provides the base for the wine with plenty of cocoa powder (not going into chocolaty notes) and brambly red fruits; this is balanced by some cool fruit from Langhorne Creek bringing a mint infused blackberry cocktail.
All parcels were crushed, destemmed and left on skins for approximately 13 days during primary ferment. The parcels were then pressed and kept separate for malolactic fermentation. As always, the profile of this wine is more about finesse than power. It continues to over deliver for its price and offers a much more serious than slurpy wine.
A blast of black and red fruit shows itself immediately followed by a faint touch of mint and cracked black pepper. It is juicy but not gooey. There is a tangy mineral note keeping the palate fresh and bright. It is quite complex for its price and showcases subtle tannins and a long, elegant finish.
- Region: South Australia
- Varietal: 100% Shiraz
- Vintage: 2014
- Vineyard: 3 sites: 2 in McLaren Vale - 1 in Langhorne Creek
- Vine Age: Varied
- Soil Type: Varied
- Oak: 11 months: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% Twice Used Barrique
- Production: 7,500 cases
John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »
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