2018 BLEWITT SPRINGS SHIRAZ
Whilst McLaren Vale is not a large region it is geologically diverse. The Blewitt Springs sub-region is known for deep sandy soils on yellow clays. Shiraz typically ripens later here than other parts of McLaren Vale and displays different characteristics.The sandy soils typically produce shiraz of lifted dark fruit, floral and meaty notes, the tannin is fine yet chalky and the wines are often medium bodied rather than full.
Dark yet glossy fruits, sweet herbs, demerara sugar and stained cherry juice. Medium bodied and savoury textured , plush sweet fruited palate , fine and long , nice density of tannin, unfurling layers of flavour, mulberry and cherry juice, dark spice, little smoky and incense, cured meat and a little gravelly texture to finish.
NOTES ON THE 2016
James Halliday - 95 Points.
"Bright crimson-purple; a seriously good medium-bodied shiraz, with a foresty/earthy/twiggy bouquet, letting fly on the very long and complex palate with its sinuous mix of dark berry flavours on entry, a turbo charger lifting the finish and aftertaste with a whirl of red, purple and black fruit flavours."
Mike Bennie "Here’s a shiraz that delivers the earthy, choc-berry character expected from McLaren Vale, but with a softness and freshness that makes for easy drinking. It’s a succulent, medium-weight red with a smudge of dusty tannins offering good length of flavour, some concentration of fruit character, yet an inherent vitality. It feels superbly balanced in a classic sense, too."
Max Allen "You often find spicy, perfumed characters in shiraz wines grown in the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs, and this is a terrific example: vivid, brambly and peppery."