A classic bright, lightly perfumed and succulent Margaret River Shiraz, characterised by its medium weight. This wine is an easy drinking, delicious style with light red fruit and a fine tannin profile.
Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserved vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in Chardonnays. Meanwhile the reds ripened slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile to 2017.
91 points (Special Value Rating)
It's invitingly fresh, perfectly poised with lots to offer. Expect dark sweet fruit, eucalyptus but also baking spices with a savouriness throughout. Some grip to the tannins yet buoyancy from the acidity. Good drink at this price.
Finalist - Best of Value Red Wine
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon dominate this lean, dry blend showing plum, spice rack and Old Jamacian chocolate. Nicely structured, with plenty of earthy tanins.
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Relatively new to our Aussie range, but from Margaret River's oldest name (and whose chardonnay was a winner this year too). The word 'Classic' is well used here: a full-flavoured shiraz with a dash of malbec in the blend to amplify its plush red fruit and eucalyptus hints. 14% 9.95 pounds bottle and 59.50 pounds case of six
Brilliant, deep purple colour. Aromas of clean and fresh plum, cherry and spice, with little oak evident, the palate taut and elegant and dry to finish with measured tannins. Very good drinking now or for several years. A beautifully-made shiraz.