A solid wine, however this lacked the smoothness of an excellent offering. Fruit was good however the aproach was tannic and choppy. A wine that may improve with further aging, but the wine just was on the brink of something more now. Should the fruit engage with the oak later this could be a real treat.
The aroma of red fruits and leather don't match the deeper cherry flavors. Perhaps this wine is just complex. The highlight of this is the rich velvety mouth feel. I find this wine very pleasant for savoring alone, it does not need an accompaniment, it has everything necessary to stand alone, proud.
This wine has several qualities that make a good wine. The acidity is good (though it largely masks the tannins), it is concentrated, the peppery qualities of syrah come through nicely, it is a dry wine, not an Aussie fruit bomb. This being said, I don't think any of these features are in harmony. The nose is pleasant, of dark fruit, earthy, similar to a young Gigondas. The wine hits the palate immediately up front but offers little on the mid palate and a short hot finish. The wine is over-oaked for my taste. The acid is very high. The wine may have needed more time to come together as many good qualities were present. The score is based on what might be instead of what was.
Dusty and blackfruit on the nose, and still some alcohol heat. Beautifully incorporated oak with subtle mellowing tannins. Chocolate and cherries...just bloody beautiful. Could still go aanother 5 years. An absolute crime that they have discontinued this wine! Eating with lamb racks and couldn't be better.
Deep purple with a bit of brick hue on the rim. The aroma had ripe fruit, cedar and leather. The flavor is very big and a bit soft. The tannins were restrained and the acidity was enough to balance the fruit.
Great to drink by itself, a little too assertive to be a "food wine".
Pretty dark magenta color with a clear ruby hue. Lighter in body than most Aussie reds. Initially a bit subdued on both the nose & the palate. Remained quite soft, but improved with air & temp. Add 2 points to the last glass. All told, for a Flagship McClaren Vale Shiraz, this was a little underwhelming. [14.5% abv.; $25.00].
Top Aussies Wine Tasting, Cellier Wine Loft, Athens , Greece. Best value wine of the tasting by far. Very dark purple. complex nose with leather, smoke, blackberries, plums and anise. Mid-full bodied with soft tanins, opulent fruit and balancing acidity. Long finish. Has a long to go.
Deep garnet, almost opaque, with blue hues on the rim. Intense and complex nose, smoky, mineral with graphite notes mostly. Floral, violets, ripe plums and sweet spices. Abundant red and black fruit. Very sweet flavours in the mouth which is full bodied with lots of ripe fruit. Very dense yet with balancing acidity. I have doubts nevertheless as to how it can match food being too sweet for my liking. Very well made and at a fair price for its quality, yet de gustibus...