It’s a delight to be able to experience a 12-year-old elite shiraz at such a respectful price. Its maturity is barely discernible, the colour still vibrant while the nose is just starting to show a little development in and around its regional/varietal stamp of mint and eucalyptus. Now for the big show, for it’s in the drinking department this wine impresses, rich with crushed, crimson berries, raspberries still lifting out of a full-bodied core, lingering in the upper registers while through the palate there’s a tight, yet balanced, tannin underlayer. In the end, the fruit just keeps resonating. Deliciously. Quite a powerful Clare Shiraz statement that has stood the test of time.
Mitchell McNichol Shiraz 2008