The Reserve 2013 In 2013, we created The Reserve. This is a Cab Sav/Malbec blend, and it’s quite extraordinary. The Cab Sav also comes from our friends the Lopresti family, from their block known as the Green Shed. Despite demand, Tony refuses to make this blend unless the fruit quality is exceptional. James Halliday called it ‘a seriously good wine,’ and we agree – this is a wine to be shared over good news, great conversation and terrific company. “Matured for 20 months in French oak, it has a fragrant bouquet and a powerful palate: cassis and plum fruit are seamlessly joined together, this union in turn is supported by tannins guaranteed to soften long before the fruit fades. A seriously good wine!” 95 points, James Halliday, 2016. Try it with the best prime rib of Angus beef you can find. Colour: A delightful deep garnet with purple rim. Nose: The nose shows lifted blackcurrant, blueberry and touches of nutmeg and dark chocolate. Palate: A medium bodied generous entry flows onto a complex combination of brooding dark fruits and oak spice. The fruit intensity continues to grow into the back palate whilst being supported by firm balanced acidity and persistent tannins. At this stage of release this wine is recommended to be decanted prior to serving. Cellar up to 15 years in good conditions. Technical: 14% Alc/vol pH 3.46 6.8 g/l TA Buy a dozen and get 15% off!
Our Shiraz has been produced since 2005 from the Lopresti family’s Nursery block, from grapes that were planted in 1994. Tony will happily rave about the canopy to fruit ratio and firm savoury tannins of these incredible grapes, and in the bottle, they produce a punchy, deep wine that is alarmingly easy to drink.
Try it with a vegetarian lasagne or the best beef fillet with a mushroom sauce.
Colour: Intense deep red with vivid crimson rim.
Nose: Concentrated bright deep plum and blackberries with a touch of aniseed and cinnamon.
Palate: A rich entry of bright plum and blackberry leading to a complex melding of intense dark fruits and spice, well integrated oak and fine persistent tannins, ending in a beautifully balanced long finish.
Advisable to decant prior to serving to see this wine at its best. Drinking well on release to 2028 and beyond in ideal cellaring conditions.
Technical:14% Alc/vol pH 3.44 7.1 g/l TA 100% Shiraz
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The Black Minnow 2018
New release! The Black Minnow is our medium bodied vibrant red blend, made from Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tony blended this wine in the vineyard on the spot, from a handful of grapes. They worked in the mouth, and they work in the bottle. When we first produced this wine, various wine critics were suspicious – a Sangiovese blend? In McLaren Vale? One sip, though, and they were converted. Our latest bottling is a racy, mid-bodied delight. With its stunning ruby-red colour, it looks as good in the glass as it tastes.
Try it with the smokiness of a wood oven pizza, or a sizzling serve of veal scaloppine.
Colour: Medium deep ruby red with a crimson rim.
Nose: A complex array of lifted spicy dark cherry and herbal notes combined with darker fruits and savoury characters.
Palate: Showing a generous entry of bright red fruits leading to an intense burst of deep vibrant dark cherry fruits with a touch of typical savouriness from the Sangiovese. The mid palate shows a rich complexity of red and black fruits derived from the Cabernet component. The back palate combines an intense array of vibrant complex berry flavours and allspice finishing with a delightful fine tannin structure of great length. This wine was matured for 18 months in older French and American oak and will continue to drink well into 2025 and beyond.
Technical: 13.5% Alc pH 3.51 TA 6.4 g/l
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