Penny’s Hill ‘Footprint’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009

Syrah from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 05-Mar-2012
Made from the very best parcels of Shiraz, selected and picked progressively, thus forming a footprint for the top wine. In 2009, rows 11-17 from the ‘Penny's Hill Vineyard' were used, the fruit fermented to 15.0% alc., the wine aged 23 months in 30% new oak, 90% French and 10% American. Very full, saturated purple-hued, black-red colour. The nose is very powerful and intense with penetrating aromas of ripe dark plum and black berry fruits, with liquorice, spicy new oak and nuances of cedar intermixed with pepper, all showing with brightness and freshness. Full-bodied, this is densely packed with richly ripe and lusciously sweet fruit flavours of dark plums, liquorice and pepper. While there is plenty of new oak lift, it is in harmony with the fruit depth. Very fine tannins underline the palate, adding to the concentration and core. The finish continues the drive, and is very long and sustained. Succulent and near decadent, this is a rich, ripe and mouthfilling Shiraz that will match red game meat dishes over the next 10-15 years. 296 dozen made. 19.5-/20 Mar 2012 RRP $77.50

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