Spices, a mix of red and dark fruits, dry herbs, a whiff of mocha, warm earth and some coffee bean notes. In other words, a cracking McLaren Vale Shiraz. The palate gives up a lovely supple texture where there is some understated oak, with the wine seeing a year in a mix of new, one year and two year old French barriques, but it is melding slowly and should continue to do so. There is also deceptive length – the wine really does linger and fine tannins too. A good ten years lies ahead of this delicious Shiraz which was made from a 45 year old vineyard in the Chalk Hill sub-region.
Robert Oatley Finisterre McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017