The sun-baked earth of McLaren Vale provides a layered geology ideal for complex yet balanced wines laced with power and elegance. The 2017 vintage of Shiraz continues with that ideal, leading with blackberry, blackcurrant pastille and faint wisps of molasses, carried subtly by gentle tannins – long and wide across the palate – while roast beetroot and sarsaparilla tonic tantalise the olfactory.
The wine transports to a dimly lit underground cellar filled with dusty bottles – some are without labels; others illegible. The walls are cold compact earth and the old, old wooden shelves have warped over time. Aromas of barbecued venison, mustard cream and roast vegetables saunter down the stairs. Step forward and choose your bottle…
Time in tomb: 10+ years