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."
I love this vintner and his Shiraz blends. This particular wine drinks well, is full body and has great color.