Secret Deal McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
24 or more bottles$40.70
12 or more bottles$41.80
1 or more bottles$46.99
Sam Kim97 points
James Halliday'95 points
Ned Goodwin MW94 points
Bob Campbell MW94 points
The Ancestor shiraz fruit was hand picked from 80 year old vines, gently destemmed & cold soaked on skins for 14 days, fermented slowly for a further 14 days. Giving time to allow slow extraction of colour & silky tannins. This extra time allows the wine to develop great depth of flavour & palate structure. The ferment is slowly pressed straight into a mixture of French & American oak barrels. The magic happens over the next 24 months where the wine will develop & integrate into a special montage of flavourful delights. Aromas of ripe red berries, vanilla & coconut. Full bodied palate structure with a complex mix of flavours, ripe red berries, coconut, chocolate & spice. great middle palate sweetness with well integrated oak characters. Well balanced & long silky tannin finish.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Gracefully lavish and immensely complex, the wine shows blackberry, dark cocoa, cedary oak, charcuterie and potpourri aromas on the nose, leading to an impressively concentrated palate that's both bold and velvety. Multi-layered and seamless with a superbly long sophisticated finish."
James Halliday's Wine Companion95
"While not to my taste necessarily, this address’ better wines are those made to an older-school creed: old-vine sourcing, hand picked, longish fermentations (14 days), finished in a combination of French and American oak. Good quality if this is your thing. Creamy texture. Venerable poise. Red and darker fruits. Best, though, the venosity and length, refraining from excess with each step across the palate."
Ned Goodwin MW94
"A long cold soak of 20 days then pressed to new French oak for fermentation and 18–24 months' maturation. A beautifully composed wine that transported me to another realm, following this producer's American-oak-singed cuvées. Another powerful wine, to be sure, but the relief of whole-berry pulpiness meshed with skilfully gleaned tannins provides joy. Bergamot, violet, dark cherry and the cedar scents of the oak cladding all find confluence, while driving long across the palate. This will age well. Rest assured."
Bob Campbell MW94
"Attractively aromatic shiraz with plum, dark berries, chocolate-mocha, cassis and Christmas cake flavours. Old vine depth and density but with a rather elegant structure that breathes energy into it. Good now but should cellar well."
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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.
Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.
Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.
With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.
Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!
Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
The McLaren Vale wine region is located less than an hours drive south of Adelaide, along the coastline.
Shiraz is by far the most widely planted variety, and the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. Every winery in the region will likely be producing at least one or more Shiraz wines, and with the wide range of unique terroirs available, each influenced by the maritime climate in unique ways, each Shiraz will have its own regional nuances.
Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale will often exhibit chocolate and coffee notes, with a little less pepper than those from Barossa Valley, and are often blended with Grenache. Other red varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon (and Merlot blends) Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Zinfandel. The main white variety would be Chardonnay, however Semillon and it's common blending partner Sauvignon Blanc are made, alongside lesser amounts of Riesling, Pronto Bianco, Vermentino and Fiano.
If you plan to visit McLaren Vale there are over 65 cellar doors so you'll be spoiled for choice, ranging from the small-boutique wineries to very large wineries. The drive from McLaren Vale up to the Barossa Valley is very scenic, passing over the rolling Adelaide Hills, and though the quaint German-settled town of Hahndorf.
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