Reserve Shiraz

Current vintage

2013

Our most celebrated wine, first made in 1994. It has great depth of colour, aroma and flavour, typical of the best wines of the McLaren Vale region. The Reserve has an extraordinary range of flavours with blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and dark chocolate. The wine has a rich sweet fruit mid palate and the finish is long. While approachable when young, it is best cellared.

Appearance

Intense, deep maroon.

Bouquet

Red cherry and plum fruit flavours layered with cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate and liquorice with hints of rhubarb and buttered toast.

Palate

The full flavoured palate with plums, black cherries, rhubarb and strawberries, with liquorice and milk chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by rich dark chocolate, roast nut, vibrant acidity and firm structural grape tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent length and will become richer and soften as the wine ages, and will reward those who can cellar this release.

Winemaking

Sourced from premium selected McLaren Vale vineyards blocks with a range of soil types contributing structural and flavour complexity. Soils include Bay of Biscay, grey loam, and red gravels. Harvest took place when the individual vineyard fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids all reached maturity. 2013 was a warm and compact vintage with mild nights and to warm days during the ripening period. This meant the fruit flavours were rich and intense and the tannins were big and firm. The Shiraz harvest began mid February and finished in mid March, with most of the components for this wine came in late February and early March. Fermentation on skins was for 8 - 10 days, with all wine completing fermentation in barrel for added texture and to advance the integration of oak and grape tannins. During maturation the wine from each vineyard batch was targeted with appropriate oak styles to maximise its potential and produce the most complex and complete wine bases possible prior to blending. Our oak barrels are sourced from coopers in France, USA and Australia and are seasoned for 3 years. Maturation was for 21 months in both new and one year old oak barrels. Barrel by barrel selection took place during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation to ensure only the best Shiraz barrels were selected for the final blend. Final blend proportions were determined purely by quality, balance and style.

Technical analysis

  • Alcohol 14.5%

Ageing potential

Drinking best up to 2028. This wine opens up and expresses the rich aromas and flavours if decanted for up to 2 hours prior to consumption. Our Shiraz is an exquisite accompaniment for full flavoured food, but is sufficiently complex and satisfying to be savoured on its own.

Awards

Excellent Classification, Langtons Classification of Wine VI 
Best of Show Australia Red; ProWein, Mundus Vini Spring, Germany 2015
Double Gold Medal, China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015
Great Gold Medal, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, Spain 2015
Great Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Spring, Germany 2015
Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Summer 2015
Gold Medal, AWC Vienna 2015
Gold Medal, Les Citadelles Du Vin France 2015 
Gold Medal, Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada 2015
Gold Medal, Berlin Wine Trophy, Germany 2015
Gold Medal, DWM Asia Wine Trophy 2015
Gold Medal, DWM Portugal Wine Trophy 2015
Gold Medal, Berlin Wine Trophy 2016
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge – Tranche 1 2016 
Silver Medal, Syrah du Monde, France 2015
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge : Tranche 2,  England 2015
Silver Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium 2015
96 points 'Outstanding' :  James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition

 

Winemaker

Scott Zrna & Ben Tanzer

Tasting notes

2013 Reserve Shiraz

2012 Reserve Shiraz

2011 Reserve Shiraz

2010 Reserve Shiraz

2010 Reserve Shiraz in Large Print

2009 Reserve Shiraz

2008 Reserve Shiraz

2008 Reserve Shiraz in Large Format

2007 Reserve Shiraz

2007 Reserve Shiraz in Large Print

2006 Reserve Shiraz

2005 Reserve Shiraz

2004 Reserve Shiraz

2001-2011 Reserve Shiraz Vertical Tasting

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