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In this Delicious Mixed Dozen you will recieve 1 of each of the following wines:
Dark, rich and bold, with a velvety richness to the dense tannins, providing the backbone for thick flavors of black walnut liqueur, blueberry syrup, sandalwood and espresso. Gains intensity on the long finish. Not for the faint of heart. Drink now through 2030.
There’s plenty of dark red and black fruits, whole black pepper spice and herbs on the nose. The palate is brimming with brooding dark red fruits and salty-savoury liquorice notes that characterise Shiraz from this area. The finish is seamless, fine and long. Shiraz from Hutton Vale Farm has proven cellaring pedigree and I expect these wines to evolve over the next 25 years.
“This wine is a bruiser, but far from steroidal. A phalanx of dark fruits and cherry Bon Bon notes, all soaked in creamy vanilla chocolate, serve as the attack. The impression is one of power, yet there is nothing particularly heavy about the wine despite its weight and richness. Sinuous grape tannins and a prism of sexy French oak frame the barrage of fruit flavours, assuaging sweetness and any sense of heat.” 95 Points – James Halliday
The Carnival of Love Shiraz is an opulent celebration of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Fresh aromas of raspberry and plum, with hints of earthiness, create the intense nose, while the palate provides a full spectrum of flavours from cherry to mocha and spice. Exhibiting poise and balance, the lovely hints of oak reside as an undercurrent of fine tannins and subtle vanilla. The soft mouthfeel creates the sense of melted chocolate, yet the lingering finish of berry compote brings the wine to where Shiraz excels.
The Enchanted Path Shiraz Cabernet displays an inky deep colour with dense hues. The journey begins with fragrant bright red fruit on the nose, followed by deeper tones of blackberry and plum jam on the palate. Well guided by precise tannins, these flavours will fully entertain your senses, giving the wine phenomenal length. The captivating interplay between the Shiraz and Cabernet provides a sophisticated mix of plum and mocha, walking beside raspberry and clove. The 2016 Enchanted Path exercises both elegance and complexity with a well-balanced finish.
The Big Jim Shiraz is black in the glass and the rich Shiraz flavours are super concentrated courtesy of the low yields in the vineyard. 18 months ageing in a mix of 50% new French hogsheads and 50% seasoned oak has lifted the spice notes to a new level and given the wine really fine structure. Marnie Wark was given the task of bringing Big Jim to life in a painting to grace the front label…a big, black, bold and impressive bird he is, just like the wine that bears his name.
“Matured for 32 months in French and American oak (60% new). McLaren Vale suffered far less from the wet vintage than the Barossa Valley, but I don’t understand the rationale of keeping a medium-bodied shiraz with a savoury path winding its way through the varietal fruit that needed protecting, not taming.” James Halliday
Immediately smoky, dark and brooding. This is a deeply perfumed elegant wine showing a multi layered nose of earthy beetroot, game, sweet citrus oil and a delicate hint of creme patisserie. The palate is again dark and brooding with an underlying power. Complex flavours include spiced fruit compote and fruit of the forest which intertwine with a compelling combination of oak and fruit tannins producing a long finish tinged with anise.
“Fresh crimson-purple hue; a cleverly made wine, fruit, oak and tannins all employed on the journey from the bouquet to the finish and aftertaste. Blackberry, plum and mocha do most of the work, licorice and spice watching on from the sidelines. Plush mouthfeel is an ode to the soft but persistent tannins.” 94 points, James Halliday
Concentrated blueberries, mulberries and plums give density to a nose that also exhibits black cardamom, anise caramel and hickory.
There is subtle lift with rose petals and violets offering further fragrance. Black and blue fruits dominate the palate with upfront weight and texture. Woven fruit layers meet subtle smokey oak creating a layered palate, laced with a finely balanced acid line.
Intensity of fruit and intensity of tannin. This takes brooding plum-shot fruit and injects it with savoury, twiggy spice, then offers smoky/cedary oak as a complement. Time will see yet more complexity develop.
Vibrant and reasonably elegant for a shiraz from these parts, the wine underwent 5 days of pre-fermentation cold soak, before fermentation in open top vessels and up to 35 days on skins, a small percentage was racked to barrel for completion.
The assemblage, lifted with a dollop of viognier, was then aged for 12 months in seasoned French oak. Finishes with clove, anise and a hint of Vegemite yeast extract.
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