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Aramis McLaren Vale 2015 Cabernet and Shiraz, and SV 2013 Shiraz

23 October,2017
Aramis Vineyards was established in 1998 when Lee Flourentzou purchased land in the McLaren Vale to make wine. He named the venture after his inspiration Aramis from the Three Musketeers, and produced his first vintage in 2002. The 26 ha vineyard, planted to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, is situated in the McLaren Vale foothills near the coast of the Gulf St Vincent. White wines are also made from Adelaide Hills fruit. The winemaker IS Scott Rawlinson. The wines are distributed in New Zealand by Sherwood Estate. Here, I review the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and the 2013 Single Vineyard Shiraz. They are rich, fulsome and traditionally-styled. www.aramisvineyards.com  www.sherwood.co.nz


Aramis McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia

Dark, deep ruby-red, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is well-concentrated with full, up-front, but deep aromas of ripe blackcurrant fruit with soft cassis liqueur notes, dark herbs and mint, unfolding a little earth detail. This is densely packed on the nose. Full-bodied, the palate has rich but vibrant fruit flavours of blackcurrants and cassis with mint herbs. The fruit forms a deep and dense core, and the flavours are mouthfilling. The fruit is framed by grainy tannin extraction and structure, with a line of fine acidity lending energy and drive. The wine carries to a long and sustained, fulsome finish of blackcurrants, herbs and earth. This is a solid and full, well-concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with a deep core of blackcurrant fruit with cassis, mint and earth on a structured palate, Match with herb-marinated lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 6+ years. McLaren Vale fruit fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in French oak and tanks. 17.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $26.50

Aramis McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Full black-red colour, near impenetrable. The nose is firm and concentrated with elegantly proportioned aromas of blackberry fruit with an amalgam of dark herbs and nutty elements. Subtle notes of black pepper and spice unfold with aeration. Full-bodied, the palate has good presence and weight, the fruit somewhat restrained in expression. The subtle flavours of blackberries are nuanced with a little spice and black pepper and supported by fine-grained tannin extraction. The wine has vinosity and presence. The flavours grow a little as they carry to a lingering, light finish. This is a shy-flavoured Shiraz showing blackberry, spice and pepper notes on a fine-structured palate. Match with pasta, pizza and barbecued meat dishes over the next 4+ years. McLaren Vale fruit fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 18 months in French oak and tanks. 16.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $26.50

Aramis ‘Single Vineyard’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

Syrah from Australia – South Australia

Full, deep, black-red colour with slight garnet hues on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-concentrated and deep aromas of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with black plums, liquorice, black pepper and spices, unfolding earth and cedar elements. Full-bodied, the palate has rich and sweet ripe flavours of blackberries, black plums and liquorice forming a well concentrated and mouthfilling palate. The fruit is melded with a layering of spices and cedary oak adding to the richness. The palate has plenty of structure with fine tannin extraction which carries the sweet fruit to a strong, fulsome finish of plums, liquorice, spices and earth. This is a fulsome, rich and sweet Shiraz with ripe blackberry, plum and liquorice flavours and plenty of spice and cedar, on a fine-textured, well-structured palate. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 8-10 years. McLaren Vale fruit fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 23 months in 35% new French oak. 18.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $36.99
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