Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Previous vintage claimed Best Red of Show and Best Rhône Red Shiraz/ Grenache at the London International Wine Challenge. 10,000 wines were judged by over 500 judges before conferring this terrific accolade. The 2000 vintage remains a remarkable follow up. The Old Shiraz vines on the Rayner Vineyard are unirrigated, deeply rooted and extensively systemized into clay below the sand. Generally they withstand the toughest of years yielding small amounts of concentrated wines, offering heady aromas and deep complexities.
Consistency best sums up this special vineyard. A muscular and brawny wine that can be consumed in it's youth, Rayner can develop into a rich, chocolate and earth McLaren Vale red. Harvested, crushed and chilled to tanker in the McLaren Vale, brought to the Brokenwood Estate in the Hunter Valley for vinomatic fermentation. Not overly rotated, as soft tannins are required. Maturation was in 80% American and 20% French oak (coopered in the Napa Valley) and the distinctive vanillin lift compliments the ripe dark berry and mocha chocolate aromas of McLaren Vale Shiraz. Alcohol 14.5%
Dense, dark red cherry colour. A full bodied wine, good viscosity and long flavours of plum, vanillin and charry notes. The palate has turkish delight characters balanced by subtle oak and grape tannins.