Savitas Wines Incygnes Reserve Shiraz 2015

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The Reserve Shiraz is the pinnacle of the range offered under this label. For me, the bottom line was that this is undoubtedly a very fine wine with much to admire and enjoy. So why did I opt to score the ‘standard’ Shiraz a whisker higher? I suspect vintage conditions might have been even kinder to the wines in 2016, but that should not, in any way, dissuade anyone from not putting a few of these in their cellar. You’d be missing out if you didn’t. My thoughts would be to drink this while waiting for the 2016 to come around. 

The aim of the Reserve Shiraz is to provide the “ultimate expression of the quality of the Shiraz grapes grown on our Green’s Vineyard”. Again, open top fermenters are used before extended time on skins. The final wine is made by way of barrel selection, again with 18 months in French oak. Lovely magenta/deep red in colour. This offers notes of leather, blackberries, animal skins, campfire notes and an intriguing mix of red and black fruits. Some oak but well integrated; this is soft and generous on the palate. Fine tannins and it is certainly the more attractive wine out of the pair of Shiraz at the moment but perhaps offers not quite the same extreme future and is more likely to drink at its best over the next 3 to 6 years. Preference? Toss a coin.

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