McLaren Vale Shiraz. Replace ‘Shiraz’ with any other variety, and it just doesn’t sound right. The two are synonymous, and for good reason. For this pack, we’ve hand selected wines where the confluence of quality and value are undeniable. All with a little age, but not so much to preclude a little time in the cellar if it takes your fancy, The acclaimed old vine (Ox Hardy). The big, brash stalwart (Kilikanoon). The under-the-radar charmer (Heirloom). The long, lingering expression (Haselgrove).
In this mixed dozen, you’ll receive three bottles each of the following wines:
Kilikanoon Parable Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2017 Heirloom Vineyards Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2018 Ox Hardy Upper Tintara Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2017 Haselgrove Wines Catkin Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2018
Need to stock up on some top names for your stash? Of course you do. Four wines, three bottles of each, $250. That’s a saving of 41%. You know what to do.
Very deep, dark purple/red colour, concentrated; the aromas sweetly berry-like and richly ripe, with great charm and accessibility. Quite delicious, and it should age very well too.
93 points, The Real Review (August 2020)
It has the flesh, it has the form. It has the softness of gentle development as well. It’s a plum-shot red wine with musk, violet, clove and iodine characters woven seamlessly through. Graphite too or something like it, like woodsmoke. But fruit, rich-but-buoyant fruit, is the hero here. It has quality written all over it but it’s delicious on top.
93 points, The Wine Front (April 2021)
In 2017, you will immediately sense extraordinary freshness and lift in this wine. Unlike the swarthy, brooding 2016, the ‘17 shows that the unique maritime climate had control over this wine’s destiny and it calmed the sun’s rays allowing a more expressive side of this vineyard to show itself. Fresh forest fruit notes, a dusting of fertile earth, a scattering of dried herbs, an unlit Cohiba rolled between your fingers and a distant tang of ozone make this an utterly charming wine with uncommon restraint and poise.
18 points, MatthewJukes.com.au (December 2020)
Bright red berries with freshly dug earth and flowers. The oak is gently played. The palate has a succulent, fresh and quite crunchy delivery of red-berry flavors and a smooth-honed finish.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)
Destemmed whole berries open-fermented, 10 days on skins, fermentation completed in new and used French oak, matured for 16 months before blending. A full-bodied wine, swearing its allegiance to its place with its blend of black fruits, dark chocolate and licorice fruit and tannins.
92 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Blackish and impenetrably deep in colour, this looks a potent drop in the glass. The nose has spice and dark berry aromas with well-measured oak. Very concentrated and slightly porty, it certainly ain't subtle, but it does have plenty of personality. A big, flavoursome red.
90 points, The Real Review (March 2020)