The 2018 Haselgrove Catkin is an ink-black McLaren Vale Shiraz. The nose—full of dark fruit, spice and vanillin oak—puts you on notice for a super-concentrated, mouth-coating palate. A catkin—the cascading flower of the hazel tree—is delicate. The Catkin of Haselgrove is anything but. Which is just fine because we don’t look to McLaren Vale for wallflower wines. You’ll enjoy these.
Your bonus in this dozen is an upgrade to the 2012 Grant Burge Meshach. Langton’s Classified Outstanding, bottle-aged, Barossa Valley Shiraz. Named after Grant Burge’s great grandfather, the powerful and generous Meshach Shiraz captures the heart of Barossa tradition. Sourced primarily from century-old vines, vinified with traditional techniques and matured in French and American oak hogsheads for 20 to 22 months, the classic style is exemplified by ripe blackberry and praline aromas, roasted chestnut and panforte nuances and rich, chocolatey textures.
Save 43% on this Haselgrove Catkin and Bonus Meshach 2012. Crunch the numbers, that’s just over $29 per bottle.
"It’s instantly appealing on the nose showing blackberry, Black Doris plum, vanillin oak, floral and fragrant spice aromas, followed by a concentrated palate that’s mouthfilling and silky. The wine delivers lavish mouthfeel and velvety tannins, making it hugely appealing."
96 points, Wine Orbit (December 2019)
"The 22nd release of Meshach celebrates the great '12 Barossa Valley vintage. The colour is still deep crimson-purple, setting the pattern for the bouquet and palate to follow. A wine of the highest quality in the Olympian class of Barossa Valley shiraz, seamless, calmly powerful and perfectly balanced. Black fruits dominate, but this is no one-dimensional power play, with hints of licorice, bitter chocolate and graphite. The tannins and oak contributions are perfectly placed and paced."
98 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)