Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Egerton E S Dennis settled on ninety acres of vineyard at McLaren Flat after serving in the RAAF. Ege pioneered the production of Mead and sold his crop of wine grapes to some of Australia's most eminent brands before founding his own label in 1971, with the object of converting the high quality fruit into pure, estate made wines. Since establishment, Dennis Wines have collected hundreds of medals and accolades at national and international taste offs, twice claiming the revered Bushing King awards for best wine at the McLaren Vale Winemakers Exhibition.
Grapes are harvested throughout the cool of early morning and vinified at 24C in open fermenters, treated to a continuous gentle agitation of the cap and twice daily pumpovers. After several days of ferment on skins, juices are run off to a basket press and returned to the free runs. Following completion of malolactic, Peter Dennis is matured for a year in a selection of American and French oak hogsheads.
Bright, dark scarlet colour. Luscious nose of coffee, cherries and plum, pepper, tarry earth and baking spice. Big, full bodied and soft to the palate, characterised by fresh fruit flavours of blackberry and plums, laced with black pepper, supported by a lean firm acid/ tannin structure helping to round out the finish. The ideal accompaniment to roast meats, grilled steak and hard cheese.