Shiraz Clare & McLaren South Australia
The Oleary Walker team are all about making great wine, they have elected to craft their estate Shiraz from fruit grown to three slightly different terroirs. Clare Valley is all about fragrance and eloquence, refinement and elegance. McLaren Vale is all about structure and cohesion, contributing rich, licorice and chocolate fruit along with a smooth, sumptuous mouthfeel. Choice harvests from the Doctor's Block at Polish Hill River, Jefferies of Armagh and Angelo Maglieri's at McLaren Vale, are assembled into a wine of astonishing balance, opulence and grace.
O'Leary Walker is the culmination of two like minded identities who were fated by destiny to make wine together. After working with large companies for many years, the Messrs David O'Leary and Nick Walker amassed over three hundred gold medals and sixty trophies, including the highly coveted Jimmy Watson. Shiraz is treated to a small batch vinification through the action of natural yeasts, hand plunged in a mix of two and four tonnes fermenters for twelve days. Batches remain on skins for a fortnight to enhance tannin complexity, maximising flavour and length, pressed and racked into a combination of seasoned and new French oak barrels for an extended two years maturation.
Deep red with purple hues. Virulent and complex on the nose, savoury elements of ground pepper and olive combine with sweeter characters of dark blackberrry, red liquorice and spice. The oak is all French, subtle and integrated, gently enhancing the layers of fruit. A palate that's concentrated and powerful, persistent and long, juicy tannins and balanced acidity.