A great rendition of the traditional Australian dry red that is more regional than varietal but carries with it great fruit power and structure. It is bright deep ruby and is aging at a snail’s pace with youthful and fleshy dark cherry, kirsch and blackberry jam fruits with oak in the background. There is also some baked stone Clare Valley character thrown in. This all leads to a dry and full-bodied palate with a core of dark berry fruits underpinned by some serious tannins that are chewy and balanced providing tremendous backbone and supporting a long finish. It is a big red no doubt from a big vintage but also carries with it superb balance and underlying complexity. There is also a Bordeaux like balance and feel here the bodes well for a long future ahead.
Mitchell McNichol Shiraz 2008