Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
The Shaws of McLaren Vale established five acres of vine in 1975, with a view to supplying fruit for some of Australia's best known brands. The operation grew until their substantial acquisition of vineyards, some of the oldest plantings in South Australia, attracted the attention of Maglieri maestro John Loxton. Parcels of intensely flavoured grapes, harvested off deep rooted old vines grown to the eminent estate Arthur's Block, are vinified into a powerful rendering of McLaren Vale Shiraz, replete with generous alcohol, ripe tannins and exquisite length.
The Shaws are meticulous with their vineyard site selection and have established ultra premium quality vineyards in McLaren Vale and neighbouring Currency Creek. The most demanding viticultural regimens are combined with an old fashioned hands on approach to husbanding the land for harvests of grapes with intense flavour and splendid tannins. Controlled yields and close vineyard management means that fruit is picked in perfect order, no matter the conditions. Winemakers and growers connect to ensure harvests are delivered at the moment of optimized fruit ripeness. Following vinification and pressing, Ballast Stone Shiraz is transferred to a selection of American and French oak barrels for ageing and integration.
Purple red colour with dark core. Aromas of plum, blueberries and spice with a touch of vanilla oak. Black berry flavours and regional chocolate, licorice and plums follow through on the generous palate, supported by firm, pliant tannins and gentle background oak, finishing with overtones of supple pepper and spice. A big, ripe McLaren Vale Shiraz made for enjoyment right now, prepare a homemade ragout, pasta ribbons and open a bottle of Ballast Stone, be prepared for a big night in.