Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Growing happily to deep sandy soils in the premiere precincts of McLaren Flat, the remarkable vines on Wade Block 2 were sourced as cuttings from a distinguished, old site very nearby and replanted to their own roots. The extraordinary quality of Shiraz from Wade Block 2 merits a single vineyard wine, distinctive, articulate and complex. Its gracefully perfumed nose, penetrating palate and showroom tannins, define Wade Block 2 as a profound and evocative expression of McLaren Vale, albeit, uncannily eloquent of the stately Brokenwood style.
Fruit is harvested and crushed to chilled tankers for a cold settling during transfer to the Brokenwood wineworks at Pokolbin. Batches are treated to a gentle rotation in vinomatic fermenters, worked to a minimal amount of pumpover, as soft extraction of judicious tannins are essential. Upon completion, batches are held for a term of post ferment maceration, followed by racking to a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak barrels for maturation.
Vibrant colour, purple hues. Spiced cherry nose, raspberries and cassis, opulent and ripe. Medium weight palate, dark chocolateyness around a core of black fruits, confit plum, savouryness and spice, jube berry fruit flavours supported by background oak and fine grained tannin.