McPherson Wines, Don’t Tell Gary Shiraz 2019

(2023) My third and final wine celebrating International Women's Day 2023, this from Chief Winemaker and mother of four, Jo Nash. Fruit comes from a 30-year-old single vineyard in Victoria’s Grampians region - a bit of a hotspot for Shiraz - and the legend goes that when Jo discovered the vineyard and bought the fruit, she secured it without running it past ‘Gary’ the company's accountant. The wine was aged in French oak, 80% new. It's a ripe, smooth and creamy style, but has that lift of cooler climate Syrah/Shiraz, light gamy and black pepper notes over firm black fruit. In the mouth the richness and ripeness of blackcurrant has concentration without too much heft. The finish has a tart cherry acidity, but super-smooth tannins. The 'Mix 12' price is £14.99 and, as usual with such things, that's the price you should pay for this. Watch the video for more information.

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