(2016) Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache, 100% Blewitt Springs fruit from McLaren Vale, whole bunch pressed and matured in 10% new and 90% neutral French puncheons. This has real funkiness and earthiness, a slightly reductive barnyard character. The palate juicy and brimming with red fruits, a black plum fleshy and chocolaty density to this but then the fresh crunch comes through.
(2016) A very typical, traditional and extremely well done example of a big, American oak-aged South Australian Shiraz, crammed with spice, tobacco and dusty blue/black fruit, a great mulberry warmth and open-armed style. On the palate it delivers much the same, the rich, thick, dark fruits layered with the chariness and spice of the barrels, but it does not lack definition: the tannins are grippy, the acidity feels natural and fresh, and the berry fruit and spice finish goes on with considerable length.
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