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Shiraz 2016

$79.95

 

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.

 

Tasting note

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.


 

 
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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.

James Halliday Wine Companion 2019, August 2018

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.

Judges notes, 2018 New Zealand International Wine Show, January 2019

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

Toni Paterson, realreview.com, May 2019

Awards

Trophy:

  • McLaren Vale Shiraz Trophy, 2018 International Wine Challenge, UK

Gold medal:

  • 2017 NZ International Wine Show, class 18a
  • 2017 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 11
  • 2018 International Wine Challenge, UK
  • 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards, UK
  • 2018 NZ International Wine Show, class 18a

Silver medal:

  • 2018 Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada
  • 2018 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
  • 2018 McLaren Vale Wine Show, class 12
  • 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK
  • 2018 International Wine Challenge, Vienna
  • 2018 National Wine Show of Australia, class 25
  • 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show, class 37

95pts - 2019 James Halliday Wine Companion

Technical Details

Vineyard Source Block K, Davey Estate, McLaren Vale
Variety 100% Shiraz
Oak 15 months in used 5 yr old French hogsheads
Alcohol 14.0%
pH 3.66
TA 6.8 g/L

 


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