Magnificent McLaren Vale red. Much like the 2014 release but it feels a little cooler, a little more restrained. Meaty and spicy but chocked with blackberried fruit. Smoky in a good way. Herbal likewise. Cocoa characters add icing. Fine fingers of tannin pull flavour out through the finish. Ripping shiraz. Modern face of Australian wine. Asked me if I wanted another glass but I was already there. Tasted: Oct 16; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2027+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Something new from the guys at Giant Steps. The fruit is sourced from a biodynamically managed vineyard in McLaren Vale. The fermentation is interesting in that, as it approached 11 per cent alcohol, it was seeded with some Rhone yeasts to finish its journey. Wonderful gravelly fruit texture, with a dense concentration. Gets a little new French oak but the older oak has given it the fruit finesse. Rating: 95 Points; Ray Jordan

The very low yield across all varieties in the Yarra Valley in '14 led Innocent Bystander to cast its net far and wide, here to the Gateway biodynamic vineyard in McLaren Vale. The deep, vivid crimson colour heralds a no holds barred full-bodied shiraz in imperious regional style; its flavours, texture and structure all point in a single direction: the cellar for at least 5 years, with an unknowable life thereafter. Drink to: 2045; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: May 2015; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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SKU 11109
Brand Known Pleasures
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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