This non-vintage wine sparkles (methode champenoise) to the tune of a well-balanced blend; predominantly 3 year old Shiraz, aged in old French oak barrels showing wonderful smooth integrated fruit and a rich weighty texture across the palate. This is blended with a touch of younger vintage Shiraz bringing ripe juicy fruit characters to the finished product.
McLaren Vale has an unrivaled reputation in Australia and indeed the world, for growing full-flavored, ripe, balanced Shiraz. With excellent fruit and length, McLaren Vale Shiraz also has a terrific ability to age. Located on the floodplains of the Angas and Bremer River about 70km south of Adelaide, Langhorne Creek is one of the older wine-growing regions in Australia. Traditionally Langhorne Creek is a red growing area, and characteristically produces Shiraz that is spicy, and elegant.
A blend of Shiraz batches aged between 3 and 5 years old ensures consistency in style and quality. Each fruit parcel is matured separately in French oak barrels prior to blending with some younger vintage Shiraz which adds lush and juicy fruit characters and freshness to the palate.
Plummy and chocolaty in profile, this medium- to full-bodied sparkling Shiraz remains surprisingly refreshing on the long, dusty finish. It makes for a crowd-pleasing introduction to the style. -J.C.