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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Linda and Stuart Miller have been plugging away at their little winery for many years, seemingly slipping below the radar for much of that time. Nestled atop a hill on Seaview Road, the most prestigious dirt in McLaren Vale, their fruit was heavily sought after by Penfolds for inclusion in their flagship wine Grange for many years. Finally about 14 years ago, they decided to go it alone and produce their own Shiraz.
Stuart never takes short cuts and is as fastidious as they come. Brutally low yielding vines means very concentrated fruit. Basket pressing means the fruit is treated as gently as possibly and retains its tremendous complexity without the introduction of hard stemmy tannins. High quality French oak reigns in this beast and gives it structure and elegance. This wine displays characteristic blueberry, mocha, dark chocolate and the faintest background accent of white eastern spices (cardamom, nutmeg and saffron). An incredible mouthful, it dances on the palate for ages and while it is delicious to drink right now, cellaring will see it continue to improve for several more years.
Since its release 7 vintages ago this wine has continued to score 93 points or higher in The Wine Advocate. No question at this price…..it's an absolute steal!
"The 2006 Shiraz "Jimmy Section" is slightly muted aromatically but with coaxing aromas of pain grille, tar, blueberry, and blackberry emerge. This leads to a full-bodied wine with gobs of spicy black fruits, ripe flavors, and for a wine of this size, surprising elegance. Give it 4-6 years in the cellar and drink it through 2027.
The Wine Advocate
"Inky ruby. Strikingly aromatic nose displays alluring ripe dark berry and spice elements, along with fresh flowers and minerals. Lush, deeply concentrated blackberry and mulberry flavors offer compelling sweetness and a suave, velvety texture... Finishes with very impressive palate-staining persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"This is a wine of real personality. Smooth, with a winning reticence to the polished blueberry and plum flavors, delicately shaded with loamy, leafy notes. The finish keeps sailing on. Shiraz. Best from 2009 through 2016."
Oliverhill is a small boutique winery (McLaren Vale has been refined to as the spiritual home of the small winery in Australia) that specializes in premium quality limited production reds. Specifically, a single vineyard Shiraz, Jimmy Section, coming from a small 5-acre plot planted nearly 30 years ago an old vine Grenache, Bradey Block, made from vines up to 80 years old and a...Read More About Oliverhill
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...Read More About McLaren Vale
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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