Open-fermented, basket-pressed, matured for 18 months in American and Balkan oak. This is a distillation of all things McLaren Vale shiraz, a poached plum, blackberry and dark chocolate ragout, softly, but insistently, painting every corner of the mouth, the masterstroke the mouthwatering tannins simultaneously freshening and lengthening the finish. Drink this, cellar its big brothers.
Deep garnet in color, the 2013 Hillside Shiraz has a lovely, somewhat coy nose of red currants, black plums and kirsch with suggestions of chocolate box, incense, Provence herbs and fragrant earth. The medium-bodied palate has a solid foundation of grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the muscular fruit and finishing multilayered, with a hint of cedar poking through. (LPB)
Bright violet. Incisive scents of fresh dark berries, cherry pit, pungent flowers and cracked pepper; a subtle vanilla nuance builds in the glass. Juicy and broad in the mouth, showing strong lift and solid punch to the bitter cherry and black currant flavors. Aeration brings out olive and licorice qualities that carry through a very long, youthfully tannic finish. (JR)
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