2018 Angove The Medhyk Shiraz
From 55 year old vines matured for 17 months in a combination of old and new French oak. Impenetrable inky black colour with a very deep black dark red hue. Hedonistic ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum aromas waft from the glass followed by spicy vanillin cedar, hints of scorched earth and blackpepper. Rich and plush yet simultaneously refined and well structured, the palate is awash with blackberry, dark plum and liquorice fruits which meld into a back drop of vanillin cedar, light scorched earth and spicy pepper elements. Polished mouth feel with velvet like yet sturdily built tannins. Long sophisticated conclusion. Trophy winner at the 2021 McLaren Vale Wine Show.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
This is good, defined by a splay of ripe grape tannins melding effortlessly with a band of oak (17 months, all Burgundian, 20% new), gentle bottle age and the reductive stamp of the house, imparting tension and, in this instance, not too much of the iodine note. Old-vine punch. Mottled blue and black berries, Seville orange, some spice and soaring Blewitt Springs violets. Plush, but taut. Measured, but generous. Very good warm-climate shiraz, as far as warm-climate shiraz goes.
Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
From 55yo estate vines; fermented and matured 17 months in new and used French oak. The bouquet has the inimitable McLaren Vale fusion of plum and dark chocolate, the palate wonderfully light on its feet thanks to controlled alcohol and oak letting the terroir speak.
James Halliday – The Weekend Australian