While the wines in this collection could be measured in watts, we selected them for more than just their power. Some of the canniest winemakers in Australia can be found plying their craft in McLaren Vale – a region that produces exquisite fruit and wines to match.
The four wineries we chose are some of those front-of-mind, McLaren Vale names. Mitolo and Two Hands came on the scene around the millennium with years of McLaren Vale experience prior to establishing. Kilikanoon was established only a few years before and we’ve been keen admirers of the work of winemaker Kevin Mitchell ever since. d’Arenberg is the elder statesman of the group with a 100 plus year history that informs the direction of this forward thinking winery.
There’s plenty of power and flavour in this McLaren Vale mix, giving the wines the legs to cellar alongside your prestigious bottles and develop well with some age. But that’s not really the point of this selection – this mix is for now or any night of the week.
This is the latest release of the Angel's Share Shiraz, a wine that embodies the Two Hands philosophy of aiming their wines directly and unashamedly at the Robert Parker palates around the world. A lot of work goes into this wine with the grapes being crushed into open fermenters and, at peak fermentation, getting pumped over three times a day to extract colour, flavour and tannin. After an average of 16 days on skins, the parcels are allowed to dry before being racked to barrels for malolactic fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered, the final blend is bottled and aged for 12 months in French and American oak.
Previous vintage acclaim:
‘The deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Shiraz Angel's Share opens with classic blueberry tart, chocolate box and licorice notes with a fragrant perfume of violets. Full-bodied, rich and decadent in the mouth, and yet eminently drinkable, it delivers a lot of fruit supported by velvety tannins and freshness that carries through the long finish.’
2015 Vintage: 91 Points - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.
‘While there are no half measures with the weight or shape of this wine, it has a touch of elegance running alongside its blackberry, blood plum and dark chocolate fruit; the tannins wait until the last moment to join forces with the oak to speak clearly of the long future ahead. Great value.’
2014 Vintage: 94 Points and Value for Money Star - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion.
‘This should probably go straight onto your winter drinking shopping list. Or at least be on your mid-week radar.The profile is thick, ripe and sweet and that’s why it’s good. If you’re looking for a good, gutsy red at an affordable price, then go shopping for The Football Shiraz this year. Vanilla, plums, blackberry and a ferrous-like quality. Tannin is fractionally jumbled but the fruit gushes through it. The style: hearty but soft.’
90 points - Campbell Mattinson.
'The wine bears the name of Footbolt, a racehorse whose success helped Joseph Osborn buy d'Arenberg's first vineyard in 1912. Osborn's descendants, d'Arry and son, Chester, continue to run the business. The Footbolt remains one of Australia's big-value wines. It offers ripe, robust McLaren Vale shiraz flavour and savouriness, supported by mouth coating, earthy tannins. It's exceptionally rich and satisfying at this price and has the depth to age well for five to 10 years if well cellared.'
5 Stars - Chris Shanahan.
‘Deep, dark red/purple colour; the bouquet raspberry and red cherry-like, with hints of mint. Clean, fruit-driven and aromatic. The wine is fruity and medium-bodied, with bright fruit style but not a lot of complexity. The tannins are slightly gritty on the aftertaste. A good rich, soft shiraz for early drinking with food. The most enjoyable Mitolo wine and the best value.’
90 points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
Previous vintage acclaim:
‘The fruit is solid, the presentation is polished, the tannin is set just right. This is nicely done. It tastes of plum, blackberry, dark chocolate and smoked cedar wood, and it has both ripeness and balance down pat.’
2014 Vintage - 93 points and Value for money Star James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion.
Kilikanoon’s Parable Shiraz showcases the regional expression of McLaren Vale typically showing mocha, coffee and brown spices alongside a core of ripe juicy red fruit with cedar and vanilin characters. The wine is vinified in a traditional manner; small parcels of fruit, are fermented on skins in open top vessels then basket pressed to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak casks for 22 months.
'Have we come to expect nothing but consistent, unwavering greatness from winemaker Kevin Mitchell…'