Double Gold China WSA, Special Prize & Gold Les Citadelles du Vin 2016, Gold Selections Mondiales des Vins
Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc McLaren Vale South Australia
James Stanley Malpas, born of Willunga, served with the 27th Infantry Battalion AIF during World War I in Gallipoli and France, decorated with the distinguished Military Cross, he returned to McLaren Vale and cleared the land known as Fox Creek. Three quarters old vine Shiraz, a fifth of Cabernet and soupçon of Franc, JSM makes a wine of complexity, substance and panache, it's all luscious fruit, framed by long textural Cabernet tannins, fully integrated and balanced by the patience of nineteen months in the pick of well seasoned oak.
Deep red, purple hues. An enticing array of black cherries and blood plum, liquorice and smoky toasts, vanilla bean, notes of charcuterie and herbal spearmint lift. Black cardamom on the effusive palate, cinnamons and clove, the nutmeg oak of barrel ferments. Cabernet Sauvignon for ripe round tannins and length and the Cabernet Franc batches were selected for aromatic lift and fruit weight.