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2009 Mt Hillary Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Mt Hillary Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
A rich but well defined Shiraz from Australia’s McLaren Vale. What I like about this is that it’s unashamedly warm-climate Aussie Shiraz, but it’s got great fruit definition and vitality – it’s not one of those dead fruit wines bolstered by American oak. Still quite tannic and grippy, with the potential to develop nicely in bottle. And very drinkable now.
Warming up with Shiraz after a freezing afternoon of rugby, The Wine Anorak, Jamie Goode, 8 February 2012

A beautifully fragrant bouquet of spicy plums and blackberry, with hints of spice and a dash of smokiness. On the palate there are notes of dark chocolate to support deep blackberry flavours, rounded off with pleasing, fresh acidity. The tannins are ripe, the French oak very well integrated, and the whole ensemble feels very harmonious in the mouth without ever becoming remotely blowsy or overpowering. A typical example of the complexity and elegance synonymous with McLaren Vale Shiraz.

The wine was awarded 5 stars in James Halliday’s highly respected reference book on Australian wines in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012

Gemtree Vineyards

Mt Hillary Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Product: 8857
Maturity: Ready, but will keep
Vintage: 2009
Origin: Australia » South Australia » McLaren Vale Map of the region
Producer: Gemtree Vineyards
Grape Variety: Syrah/Shiraz
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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