The 2013 vintage was a welcome return to a fairly ‘normal’ vintage after the extremely low yields of 2012 and record wet of 2011. We had good winter and spring rains and only a small reduction in yield across a few varieties. The ripening period had a small heat ‘hiccup’ but the vines made it through unscathed and ripening continued extremely well enabling us to pick at full flavour ripeness.
The colour is a deep dark red, typical of this outstanding vintage. The aroma is a complex blend of savoury meats, spice and herbs perfectly entwined with dark berry fruits, chocolate and black olive. Well integrated oak characters add depth and sophistication to the bouquet. The palate is like berry fruits dipped in dark chocolate. Rich and full flavoured with wonderful fleshy fruit tannins and well balanced acidity on the finish. “Drink with savoury meat pizza, gourmet burgers, BBQ ribs, lamb shanks and steak on the BBQ.”
WINEMAKERS Geoff Merrill & Scott Heidrich
Region: McLaren Vale
Oak Handling: 22 months in American & French Oak hogsheads
Harvest Date: March 2013
Alc: 14.5%, pH: 3.34, TA: 7.6 g/L, RS: 0.5 g/L
This Shiraz is the result of the colaboration between Aussie winemaker, Geoff Merrill, and his cricketing friends Ian Botham and Bob Willis. They have blended various Shiraz parcels from the McLaren Vale region in South Australia, an area renowned for producing some of the best Shiraz wines anywhere in the world. This wine shows very deep rich colours and concentrated aromas of dark berry fruits and liquorice and subtle vanillin oak. These characters make their way through onto the rich fleshy palate. Well balanced acid, firm tannins and good length and intensity of flavour ensures this wine drinks well today yet will benefit from medium term cellaring.