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Organically Grown, Traditionally Vinified As a single vineyard wine, the Shiraz is made in a myriad of ways to provide a range of components from which to make the final wine. Traditional vinification saw the Shiraz undergoing a gentle fermentation in open fermenters with daily pump-overs. Approximately a third of the Shiraz was pressed off into barrel to finish ferment. A very small percentage of cordon cut, vine-dried Shiraz was blended back to the wine prior to bottling. The Shiraz matured in a mix of new and older French and American oak barriques prior to bottling.
On the nose: earth, herbs, fresh meat, red and black fruit and a hint of star anise. The palate offers bright black and red fruits, spice and herbal notes and a licorice and star anise finish. The 2010 Shiraz is smooth, even and polished with balance and a very pleasing length. It is a middle weight wine with a very balanced palate. It does not aspire to be a blockbuster, which is just how we wanted it. Mix and match with food – game, steak, cheese platter or on its own
The wine is a wonderful mix of all that is great about McLaren Vale: vibrant spicy fruit, a rich and unctuous palate without being supercharged and a great structure. The nose shows dark red fruits, fresh meat and allspice, and the fresh palate has fine, even tannins and terrific length. This is a medium-bodied style of wine.
The star here is undoubtedly the organically grown (since 1995), 100% estate grown Shiraz grapes at the core. To add complexity this includes a little cordon-cut, vine-dried Shiraz fruit too. Plenty of joy here from what is shaping to be a superb vintage for Vale reds. ... Dense blood red colour. Lovely choc moccha berry Vale richness on the nose but with the a certain restraint. Squished red berries with a hint of candied spice which I think comes from the cordon-cut fruit. Wonderfully generous palate is ripe and slippery but not sweet. Not hard to like a juicy, ripe, no-nonsense Vale Shiraz like this. 17.5/91 points Australian Wine Review
A wine with meat, spice and dark fruits on the nose, follow through to a full bodied palate, and soft silky tannins with a long finish. Polished and fascinating. Better in 2013. 93 points James Suckling
It’s great to see some of the results of the 2010 vintage in SA, it has to be said, the quality is there in spades. This has a lovely core of black fruits, mocha coffee, dark choc, and a little edge of salinity that I often find in McLaren Vale reds. It’s spicy and full of interest, willing you to dive in. The palate is like a warm and generous hug, the fruit expressive and layered, its got black cherry, licorice and a fair whack of spice that is enticing rather than overbearing and it lingers beautifully on the finish. A fine wine for the price and an excellent example of pure fruit, vineyard expression and minimal winemaking. Winingpom
Bright flavours of plum and asphalt, various spices and earth. Has a real vigour to it. Good depth of flavour too, without being syrupy or heavy. It’s not wimpy but you can drink it. Has an earthy goodness about it too. Benefits from a quick slosh in the decanter. Excellent red wine. Rated : 92 Points Winefront
The tenth vintage for Battle of Bosworth and thank the higher powers, it was a good one. In fact, if the previous few vintages were more like 2010 more people might still be enjoying McLaren Vale Shiraz. The region and variety has much to offer.
Loads of vital berries, some plumper plum and richer, desiccated fruit notes. Licorice and earth chip in along with a little Vale mocha oak. It’s not a show off, not a show boat; this is tempered regional expression with an emphasis on drinkability over power and impression. Shapely and just over medium bodied. Great price. Yes please. Very Good
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