Curtis Martins Vineyard Limited McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
The new faces behind the Curtis Family Vineyards are Mark, Thomas & Jenna Curtis, with the guidance of their father, Claudio Curtis who lives on the vineyard just outside McLaren Vale. The name Curtis is thought to derive from Curtius, a noble and wealthy family of the First and Second Centuries AD, the Roman Empire era originating from the Latinium people.
Martins Vineyards sources fruit from a combination of owned vineyards and premium McLaren Vale growers. The blend of individual vineyard and sub-regional characteristics is the key to the resulting style. Sub regions are Blewitt Springs, McLaren Flat, Willunga and McLaren Vale.
This striking shiraz exhibits stunning fruit richness and intensity, showing lifted aromas of blackberry, vanilla, chocolate tart, cedar and smoked game on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that displays outstanding depth and opulence. It is compelling and symphonic with layers of silky texture and delicious flavours. At its best: now to 2032. Price: $150.00; Rating: 97 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
60+yo vines, matured in 100% new American oak. Follows in the footsteps of the Limited Series Shiraz, but is arguably a little lighter and a little more complex. But it's still full-bodied+, and if the price is no deterrent, this has decades of development ahead. These two wines have been given the benefit of the doubt. Drink to 2060; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday
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