The suggestive label hints that this McLaren Vale will be sexy and rich, but I would summarize as ripe and succulent instead. Brooding brambles, ripe wild blackberry and dark florals on a soft, velvet-cushioned palate. Dark chocolate streams throughout the whole, coating the ripe tannins in the characteristic McLaren Vale way. Sweet baking spices linger on the finish. Easy-drinking and easily approachable now.
Medicinal-hued cherry, anise and nubuck open this Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, permeated with a subtle mineral-salts note and ample scrubby grass and herbs. A slicked palate is buffered by moderate, lightly tuggy tannins and raised with acidity to the potent anise finish. A bit elbows-and-knees at this young phase, best paired with herbed lamb kabobs.
Warmly ripe perfumed scents of blackcurrant and blackberry with a light whiff of herb and subtle spice on the nose show the way for generous blackcurrant and blackberry flavours with fine spice and a judicious splash of dark chocolate. All is delivered in a velvety smooth, harmoniously balanced package.
The cooler Margaret River region tempers the brashness of Shiraz grown in warmer Aussie regions. Deep purple-ruby in colour with a herbal, blackberry nose enriched with oak spice. Well-extracted sweet fruit with toasty oak complete the package.
The cooler Coonawarra climate (cooler than Barossa) gives this Shiraz a distinctive elegance. Dense purple in colour, the nose offers herbs and blackberry aromas backed by vanilla/sandalwood oak notes. Medium- to full-bodied, the wine is dry and savoury, juicy with a minty-floral note on the finish.
Opens with scents of ripe peach, citrus and tropical fruit with a whiff of vanilla. Lightly buttery lemon-citrus flavours lead off on the palate with balanced acidity and a harmoniously integrated touch of oak on the finish.