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2012 Penny's Hill Cracking Black Shiraz
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- Cellar 5 - 6 years (2019-2020)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
The most interesting aspect of Penny’s Hill Malpas Road vineyard is a peculiar characteristic of the soil from which this wine's namesake is derived, due to the cracking black 'bay of biscay' soils. Since the site was planted in 1991, viticulturists have observed come summer, preceding vintage, that fissures occur as the black soil dries up. It literally cracks apart, severing any surplus root structure in the vine; a process which naturally lessens vine vigour and enhances fruit quality.
Richly textured, this is a plush, opulent Cracking Black Shiraz that showcases all of McLaren Vale’s flamboyance at price that makes it an absolute steal.
To best reflect the variations in terroir across the vineyards and ensure that the fruit is picked at optimal levels of physiological ripeness, harvest of individual parcels occurs on different days. Maturation takes place in French oak barrels; approximately 30% new, the balance 1-3 year old for a period of up to 16 months.
Totally opaque inky black crimson core with deep crimson black hue showing outstanding colour saturation. The nose offers up an intense aromatic sniff of liquorice, ripe blackberry and a hint of toasty vanillin confectionary with some meaty blackpepper end notes. Bursting with richness glorious waves of succulent opulent fruit saturate the palate with ripe blackberry and liquorice flavours over a background of dried meats and toasty oak with a spicy blackpepper finish. The flamboyant fruit profile beautifully supported by a dryish, sturdy fine grained tannin framework. Excellent length with long ripe blackberry, liquorice, dried meats, toasty oak and blackpepper aftertaste.
Cellar 5-6 years (2019-2020).