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Nine Stones McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

13 July,2018

Nine Stones is a secondary brand of Calabria Family Wines, a third generation winegrowing business based in the Griffith region of the Riverina. While the family espouse the quality of the Riverina, they also source fruit from other regions to make award-winning wines as well as bottlings that offer value, such as the Nine Stones brand. Here, I review the 2016 Nine Stones McLaren Vale Shiraz which I looked at late last year (review not published). Then it showed some sulphide reduction which distracted from the fruit. With just over a half year of time in the bottle, it has blossomed in richness and weight, and the reduction practically does not show at all. This is a classic example of allowing young wines to settle to show their potential. The Calabria wines are imported and distributed in New Zealand by Paul Wai Poi of CPP Wines, Tel: 09 360-2854 or Email:


Nine Stones McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Full, dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued red colour. The nose is softly full and well-packed with rich, ripe fruit aromas of blackberries along with dark raspberries and notes of boysenberries, unfolding spices and black pepper. This is up-front and the fruitiness immediately appealing. Medium-full bodied, the palate is packed with sweetly rich fruit flavours of blackberries, boysenberries, and black plums with a suggestion of minerals. The mouthfeel shows depth and presence, unfolding liquorice and pepper elements. The wine flows with good vibrancy and energy, and the fruit is supported by light, grainy tannin extraction and integrated acidity carrying to a long, lingering finish. This is a sweetly rich and ripe Shiraz with bold and up-front blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavours along with liquorice and spice on a fulsome palate. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats over the next 4 years. McLaren Vale fruit fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine given oak contact. 17.5+/20 Jul 2018 RRP $18.95

Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a finely proportioned nose of ripe black fruits with a little spice and pepper along with a layering of sulphide reduction. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and juicy flavours of ripe blackberry and raspberry notes along with black pepper, spices, some eucalypt along with a little minerally sulphide reduction. The sweet fruit is underlined by light, grainy tannin extraction with integrated acidity that allows the fruit to prevail and carry to a sustained black-fruited finish. This is a rich, sweet and juicy, blackberry and dark raspberry fruited Shiraz with some reduction and a light, grainy palate. Match with roasted game meat dishes over the next 3 years. 14.0% alc. 15.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $TBA
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