2018 Majella Coonawarra Shiraz
A success story of long term agricultural diversification, the Majella property was originally owned by Frank Lynn, and bought in 1960 by his nephew, George, for a prime lamb enterprise. Viticulture was not on the agenda until 1968, when George, encouraged by his friend, Eric Brand (of Brand's Laira fame) decided it would complement the sheep. Eric purchased the fruit for Hardy's, but the deal later fell through and for a couple of vintages tonnes of premium grapes were left to rot. The risk ultimately paid off. Majella have since had a long term contract supplying Wynns and today, plantings have continued to expand (150 acres now under vine).
2018 was a superb vintage in Coonawarra with an extended ripening period delivering fruit of outstanding quality which resulted in wines with deep colours, fine tannins and strong varietal flavours. Maturation took place in a mix of French and American oak hogsheads for a period of 18 months.
A rich, seductive old school Coonawarra Shiraz.
Dense pitch black heart with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Wafting from the glass are heady aromas of ripe blackberry, liquorice, dark plum and mocha which are complimented by vanillin oak, subtle earth and spice. Rich, concentrated and plush the palate is awash with succulent blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which are enveloped by velvety tannins. Notions of vanillin oak, mocha and mint also chime in. Finishes long, opulently fruited and highly seductive.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.