The Black Minnow
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 (James Halliday gave it 94 points and praised its silky tannins!). 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.
“Bright colour, deliciously juicy, with red cherry, sour cherry and a hint of cassis running the flavour flags. The tannins verge on silky. This is quite a wine at the price.”
94 points, James Halliday, 2017 Wine Companion.
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.
TA 6.4 g/l