Reserve Shiraz 1.5L Magnum

Current vintage

2009

Our most celebrated wine, first made in 1994. It has great depth of colour, aroma and flavour, typical of the best wines of the McLaren Vale region. The Reserve has an extraordinary range of flavours with blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and dark chocolate. The wine has a rich sweet fruit mid palate and the finish is long. While approachable when young, it is best cellared.

Appearance

Intense deep purple / black.

Bouquet

Red cherries, strawberries and cream with accents of buttered toast, liquorice and sweet mixed spice.

Palate

The palate is rich and full with plum and red cherries up front, with the strawberries and custard filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by black spices, nutty oak and focussed youthful tannins which will soften as the wine ages.

Winemaking

Sourced from selected premium McLaren Vale vineyards blocks with a range of soil types contributing structural and flavour complexity. Soils include Bay of Biscay soils, grey loam, and red gravels. Harvested when the individual vineyard fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids all reached maturity. Fermentation on skins was for 8 - 10 days, with all wine completing fermentation in barrel for added texture and to give a headstart to the integration of oak and grape tannins. During maturation the wine from each vineyard batch was targeted with appropriate oak styles to maximise its potential and produce the most complex and complete wine bases possible prior to blending. Our oak barrels are sourced from coopers in France, USA and Australia and are seasoned for 3 years. Maturation was for 20 months in both new and one year old oak barrels. Barrel by barrel selection during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation to ensure only the best Shiraz barrels were selected for the final blend. Final blend proportions determined purely by quality.

Technical analysis

  • Alcohol 14.5%

Ageing potential

Best up to 2020. This wine expresses itself fully if decanted for up to 2 hours prior to consumption. Our Shiraz is an exquisite accompaniment for full flavoured food

Awards

Excellent Classification, Langtons Classification of Wine V 
Trophy, Best Shiraz / Syrah, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012 
Gold Outstanding Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012 
Gold Medal, Catavinum World Wine and Spirits Competition 2013 
Gold Medal, New Zealand International Wine Show 2012 
Gold Medal, Berlin ‘Summer‘ Wine Trophy 2012 
Silver Medal, AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2012 
Silver Medal, Japan Wine Challenge 2012 
Silver Medal, Mundus Vini Great International Wine Award 2012 
Bronze Medal, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2012 
Bronze Medal, The Great Shiraz Challenge 2012

Viticulturalist

Nick Wiltshire

Winemaker

Scott Zrna & Ben Tanzer

Tasting notes

2008 Reserve Shiraz Magnum (1.5l)

Press Reviews

“These days a ‘reserve’ tag means little but here is justified. The best is selected by this McLaren Vale producer and the 08 is truly great. Intense dark chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit and truffles on the nose with a powerful but balanced palate. Enjoy with roast beef.” 

Jeff Collerson Daily Telegraph, Sydney; September 2012

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  • Retail$230.00

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