Alpha Crucis ‘Winemakers’ Series – Peter Schell’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012

Syrah from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 26-May-2014
Full, saturated black-red colour with purple hues. The nose is full and seamless with restrained aromas of ripe black berry fruits with a firm core, revealing subtle layers of sweet oak, savoury black ink, liquorice and tar, all integrated and harmonious melded. Full-bodied and densely concentrated, the flavours of black fruits are ripe, fresh and bright, but tempered with a restraint. Oaking is sensitive and unobtrusive. The tannins are fine and balanced with the fruitiness, with lively acidity a feature. As the palate flows, nuances of plums, boysenberries and liquorice unfold, with growing tannin textures and extract becoming apparent, leading to a dry textured finish with underlying racy acidity. This is a fulsome and harmoniously balanced Shiraz with reserved fruit expression and distinct underlying acidity. Serve with roast lamb and beef, and with Mediterranean fare over the next 10-12+ years. Fruit from rows: 3, 9, 15, 21, 27 and 33, harvested 24 February, picked with 30% whole bunches, the remainder destemmed. Fermented to 14.5% alc., temperature peaking 28°C, the wine on skins 15 days and aged in one-third new French oak barriques. Bottled in July 2013. 18.0+/20 May 2014 RRP $72.95

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