Hugh Hamilton The Rascal Shiraz 2007
from McLaren Vale, Australia
Being McLaren Vale Shiraz, this wine oozes ripeness. However, being made from our own fruit, with each batch picked at optimum ripeness, it avoids jammy aromas; instead, it is reminiscent of plums, spices (including cardamom and nutmeg); and has beguiling notes of earth and dark olives. The subtle (predominantly French…) oak is present as hints of vanilla.
While some Rascals probably earned their reputation by taking a swing at you, this one won't try and knock you over. Yes, it is rich; but it is not a "blockbuster". Instead, it has great balance between sheer weight and serious structure. The nose is completely consistent with the palate, which has flavours of plums, spice and a touch of earth; it's generous yet fine, with gently gritty tannins and length from time in those lovely French oak barrels. One articulate rascal, it speaks of its origins and variety – without shouting at you.
It's a great wine to accompany any full flavoured fare like Prime rib, Scotch fillet, veal medallions & Osso Bucco, foie gras, BBQ and demiglace meats, vintage Cheddar, hazelnuts and dark chocolate.
"Quintessential McLaren Vale with a coat of dark chocolate around black fruit flavours leavened by fine, spicy tannins and quality French oak. Screwcap."
Australian Wine Companion
"Full bodied, creamy in texture and densely concentrated, this is a chunky, Shiraz imbued with ample flavor intensity. Jammy, lifted cherry fruit easily carries accents of espresso and chocolate all the way through the finish. The price is right for a wine of this quality. "
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