O'Leary Walker Wines was established in 2000 by winemakers David O'Leary and Nick Walker. With over twenty five years experience and established reputations making premium wine with the big companies, these two long time friends decided to take control of their own destiny and craft small batches of wine from some of the best vineyard sites in South Australia. With a great leap of faith they are now doing exactly what they set out to.
This Shiraz is made using fruit from two vineyards, both the cooler region of Polish Hill River and also the warmer Armagh, north of Clare. There is a component of whole bunch to the ferment, which promotes varietal character. Rich, sweet fruit highlighted by blackberry, plum and black olive flavours. Powerful yet beautifully balanced with chalky tannins, hints of mocha chocolate and showing a tight, fine grain structure with subtle fruit/oak integration. Winemaker notes.
Very good colour through to the rim; the bouquet has a complex array of licorice and tantalising warm spices. The palate is full bodied and intense, yet so balanced it doesn't muffle a classic Clare Valley shiraz filled with blackberry and black cherry fruit. Drink to: 2038; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines for 2020; James Halliday Wine Companion
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