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.
Really vibrant, youthful and purple in the glass. Aromas are all deep and dark, black fruits, spice, a hint of vanilla and eucalyptus. Full and rich on the palate, lashings of plum and mulberry, there’s a minty lift and the tannins are grippy and granular and give lovely structure and mouth-feel. A deliciously youthful wine now with plenty on show, but time will really let this gear show its straps. Date Tasted: July 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2036; Price: $35.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; Aaron Brasher; The Real Review
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