Mitchell McNicol Shiraz 2010
Still going strong as a 14-year-old. How much longer can this Clare Valley Shiraz continue at such a peak level? How long is a piece of string? Aussie bush, acacia, briar, bramble, bay leaf blend with ripe black fruits and potent spice. This heady aromatic introduction is a lovely and complex expression of the place from which the wine originates. The palate has impressive measure, lush, richly textured and ripe in black fruits, high spice, warm oak and supple tannins. Abundant in fruit and spice but it’s the regional touches that bring a smile, the Clare Valley touch of bay leaf/eucalypt – just a splash – that plays a supporting role as the wine progresses towards the finish. A touch warm to close but, believe me, no-one is going to object.