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 over 200 medals at national and international wine shows, twice claiming the revered Bushing King awards for best wine at the McLaren Vale Winemakers Exhibition.
Shiraz is sourced exclusively from the estate Nindethana vineyard at McLaren Flat on the eastern side of McLaren Vale. The beautifully property is fortuitously situated at the base of Mount Lofty Ranges where the soil, climate and rainfall are ideal for winegrowing. Grapes are harvested throughout the cool of early morning and vinified at 24C in open fermenters while being treated to pumpovers twice daily and continuous gentle agitation of the cap. After five days on skins, the juices are run off to a basket press and pressings are returned to the free run wine. Following completion of malolactic, Peter Dennis is matured for a year in a selection of American and French oak hogsheads prior to bottling.
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, particularly suited to full flavoured hard cheese.