Imprimata aims to be in the best expression of this McLaren Vale vineyard. In the case of the inaugural vintage, it is a blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Petite Sirah. The Tahbilk clone of Shiraz tends to produce wines that are reminiscent of the northern Rhone revealing more lifted violet and spice character. Petite Sirah is naturally higher in acid tannin and color bringing structure and minerality to the blend. The wine is made by Ben Glaetzer who shares Hammershlag's vision of wines that walk the line between power and elegance always finding balance between the two.
Blend: 80% Shiraz, 20% Petite Sirah
"Composed of 80% Shiraz and 20% Petite Sirah, the 2009 Proprietary Red reveals a very deep purple-black color and aromas of black cherry compote, warm blackberries and mulberries over hints of dark chocolate, yeast extract, Indian spices and black olives. Full bodied with a wonderful concentration of muscular black fruit and savory flavors, it has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and crisp acid, finishing with a great persistence of pure blackberry flavors with some earthiness coming through. Approachable now, it should drink best 2013 to 2022+.
The Wine Advocate
"Dark purple. On the nose, dark berry preserves, incense, violet and cola, with a spicy overtone. Rich but lively on the palate, offering intense blueberry and mulberry flavors given lift by zesty acidity. Shows impressive power on the finish, trailing notes of candied flower and licorice. This wine is made by Ben Glaetzer from fruit grown in importer Ben Hammerschlag's vineyard."
International Wine Cellar
I was really disappointed with this wine, partly based on the 94 rating. I decanted for a couple hours. There was a lack of richness, which I prefer in great shiraz, and even some bitter/sour notes. Not smooth.