Geology Note, Block K, Davey Estate
Block K Shiraz, adjacent to 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 third on the alluvial fan clay, sand and gravel (Christies Beach Formation) that is washed from the Willunga escarpment, and the northern two thirds on grey and red calcrete mottled alluvial clay (Ngaltinga Formation). The soil transitions from red clay at the south to grey, self mulching clay in the north 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 magenta. Aromas of ripe blackberries and mulberries are threaded with nuances of earth, violets and cloves. The palate is a compote of sweet, dark berries, contained by the fine structural elements and a slatey minerality. This terroir-focused wine displays balance and poise on release, but will reward careful cellaring.
* No animal products are used in the production of this wine.
It's dark with molasses and malt-like flavours, not to mention blackberry, licorice and salt bush, and yet it's not weighed down or (too) heavy; it almost feels like sleight-of-hand. It's a substantial red wine with both softness and heartiness attended to, and a significant surge of flavour and tannin to close. A powerhouse. 95 pts.
This is imposing and comforting at the same time with super-ripe fruit richness and plush texture, wonderfully complemented by blueberry jam, plum, hazelnut notes and an extremely long, firm finish.
This McLaren Vale shiraz has a gorgeous deep blood-plum colour, and a fantastic aroma of red cherries, mulberries and red plums. Snappy and bright. Impressive mid-palate density with soft acidity. Fleshy, plush and rich. Drinking well now, or age for further complexity. 92/100