Brokenwood Wines Wade Block 2 Vineyard Shiraz 2018

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Okay, without doubt, McLaren Vale’s distinctive Blewitt Springs must be one of the country’s great shiraz zones. It delivers less opulent sweet fruit than much of McLaren Vale and instead has a more dusty, dried herb savouriness that creeps into it.

This is beautiful, with sweet black fruits on the nose with a chocolaty licorice-like character. The palate is the standout feature for me with its medium weight and sustained intensity. It is perfectly structured with a fine balance between the oak and fruit supported by those chalky tannins. Supremely stylish shiraz.

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