Credaro 1000 Crowns Shiraz 2021
From the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, for many the very heart of the region. 15% whole bunches used with regular pumping over and hand plunging. Pressed after ten days on skins, the wine received ten months maturation in French oak barriques, 18% new. Deep garnet here, with lifted aromatics of spices, red cherries, bay leaves, warm earth, leather and roasted meats. The palate sees the move to big, rich, dark chocolate notes, intertwined with cloves and yet more cherries before a strong finish with silky tannins. This has a terrific future, surely at least a decade. It is not that often one prefers the Margaret River Shiraz, as good as they can be, to a maker’s Cabernet, but this one came home by a whisker. Lots to love here.