Curtis Ancestor McLaren Vale Shiraz 2020


This is one of the family’s big guns, and deservedly so. The wine spent time maturing in a mix of new and two-year-old oak barrels, both French and American. Deep garnet in colour, there is some oak influence still evident, but it is nicely balanced with rich fruit flavours. The more time you can afford the wine, the better the integration will be. Notes of chocolate, coffee beans, mocha, cassis, licorice and cloves. It also has an appealing supple texture with a fine line of acidity driving the wine plus good focus and intensity. This is a gorgeous example of the style and has avoided falling into the trap we see with some 2020’s, namely that they are too burly. This is a ten to fifteen year proposition.