Mitchell Wines Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz 2016

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Wines like this show the advantage of bottle age in regions such as the Clare Valley where young reds can be brutish, even overwhelming with their dense ripe fruit. But give them a couple of years to settle and their more subtle characters emerge, as is seen right here.

The key to this wine is fantastic balance from start to finish. Quite deeply coloured, it’s ripe and generous but also carries great subtlety too – dark cherry, liquorice and old oak are topped with white pepper, eucalyptus and violets plus a hint of whole bunch spice. There is definitely something Rhoney going on here too. That is followed by a dry, juicy and mid-weight palate with some Clare Valley earthy flavours tied in to dark fruits and supported by long drying tannins with baking spices right on the finish. So much going on here, it is a belter, great value and has plenty of aging potential.

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