You can tell from the total package here – the numbered bottle, the traditional label and family cresting – that a lot of love and care has gone into this wine in its 27th release. The result shows in the drinking: at first a lifted, spicy oak note that sits neatly in and around crushed crimson berries. This steps energetically into the sipping, a bright red berry acidity adding vitality to the palate, the tannins fruit driven and comfortably chewy and tangy. Quite bold style wise, ripe and generous, yet with an encouraging sense of shiraz modernity. It’s labelled “Futures” and delivers plenty to look forward to.
James Haselgrove Futures Shiraz 2018