Alpha Crucis ‘Winemakers’ Series – Mike Brown’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Syrah from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 26-May-2014
Full, even, saturated black-red colour with purple hues. This has a full, bold and solid nose with densely packed aromas of very ripe black fruits entwined with funky sulphide reduction and black mineral and earth notes. The fruit expression is a little masked, but nuances of game and meat emerge, along with ripe raspberry notes that blossom. Full-bodied in presence and weight, the fruit is presented with a sense of elegant proportion, showing up-front, lively, and juicy sweetness, along with robust, grainy, tannin grip and fresh acidity. The fruit is textbook blackberry and raspberry with plum, black pepper and liquorice, with subtle reduction and spices providing detail. The palate line leads to a nuance and fine-textured finish with sweet oak notes. This is a classical McLaren Vale Shiraz with succulent fruit and good textures and structure. Some initial reduction fades. Match with slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 10-12+ years. Fruit from rows: 2, 8, 14, 20, 26 and 32, harvested on 1 March, destemmed, inoculated and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine pumped over and plunged daily. MLF in barrels, French oak barriques, one-third new. Bottled July 2013. 18.5/20 May 2014 RRP $72.95

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