Established in 1981 in the hear of McLaren Vale, Haselgrove is surrounded by over 10 hectares of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mataro vines – with the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines dating back more than 60 years.
The Celts believed Hazel to have protective powers. If you wore a badge of Hazel you would be protected from evil spirits, sea captains would wear twigs of Hazel woven in their hats to protect themselves from the wickedness of the sea. Irish Mythical Legend Finn McCool used a shield made from Hazel to protect him. Cabernet Sauvignon’s high tannin content symbolises this protection by protecting the wine during the ageing process.
I have a soft spot for Vale cabernet. It boasts maritime aromas, black olive, oyster shell and soy sauce salinity. As distinctive – and when good – distinguished as any of the region's top performing varieties. Cassis and black cherry pulse through the mid palate, with sage-crusted tannins corralling the impressive finish to great length and a rewarding savouriness. Tannin management at this top tier is very impressive. Drink to: 2032; Price: $40.00; Date Tasted: June 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
This is splendidly composed and classically expressed, showing cassis, spiced cherry, dried herb and cedar characters on the nose with a lovely floral overtone. It's concentrated and brilliantly focused on the palate, delivering excellent weight and persistency. The wine offers terrific fruit purity combined with spicy complexity, finishing impressively long and elegantly dry. Tasted: January 2021; At its best: 2022 to 2034; Price: $40.00; Rating: 95 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
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