McLaren Vale Scarce Earth”: given that ‘site’ – geology and climate – plays such a well-known and vital role in wine style, a group of local winemakers and viticulturists launched the McLaren Vale Scarce Earth project to explore and celebrate this diversity with one of the region’s key varieties – Shiraz.
A highly qualified and experienced panel consisting of three local winemakers and three independent experts assess each entry wine at the Annual Selection Tasting to ensure the wines meet the criteria for the program. All wines are sourced from a ‘single site’ – a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality.
The 2015 release will be the seventh year of the Scarce Earth program.
Block F Shiraz, to the east of the historic 1860’s barn on the Davey Estate, has for years provided a valuable and unique component of the Shingleback reserve wines. The block sits astride the boundary of two geologies; the southern 10% on the alluvial fan clay, sand and gravel (Christies Beach Formation) that is washed from the Willunga escarpment, and the northern 90% on grey and red calcrete mottled alluvial clay (Ngaltinga Formation). The soil transitions from red clay at the very southern end to grey, self-mulching clay for the majority of the block. These unusually well drained, heavy clays produce full bodied, textured, and richly flavoured Shiraz. From this superior block a small section is selected for subtle (“unedited”) crafting and maturation that pays homage to the fruit and the soil from which it comes.
Deep purple red. Bright strawberry and mulberry aromas, with hints of heritage roses, entice. Darker blackberry and blueberry flavours flow through the palate, and are defined by fresh acidity and slatey tannins. This medium to full-bodied single vineyard Shiraz, from Block F of the Davey Estate, expresses the synergy of our unique terroir and the outstanding 2015 vintage.
Sit back, relax and be mesmerised by this black beauty, Shingleback's flagship wine. Nothing is out of place. It has depth of flavour and power yet superb balance. The palate teases as its full-bodied yet perfect fruit and fine-grained tannins ensure it's velvety and seamless right through to the persistent finish.