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McLaren Vale, Adelaide

Australia

McLaren Vale is a wine region approximately 35 km south of Adelaide in South Australia. It is internationally renowned for the wines it produces. The region was named after either David McLaren, the Colonial Manager of the South Australia Company or John McLaren (unrelated) who surveyed the area in 1839.

Housed in the McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Winemakers team share almost 80 years of winemaking experience and a common view about what constitutes great wine. This is why they gathered great Australian brands such as Blackbilly, Tir Na N'og and The Wishing Tree and use all their expertise and resources to keep them growing in domestic and international markets.

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Blackbilly Shiraz

Tasting notes

 

Colour: Deep red magenta with a brick red, purple hue.
Nose: Cedar and nutty oak note with a hint of vanilla with black fruits that is reminiscent of mulberry and blackberry. A touch of liquorice, cedar and crisp acidity and alcohol lift adds complexity.
Palate: Ripe and fleshy up front black fruits combine well with a solid mid palate highlighting oak tannin and flavour. Crisp acidity keeps the freshness and appeal of this full bodied style.
Foods: Steak, lamb roasts and hearty stews.

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Blackbilly Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Tasting notes


Colour: Deep red magenta with a brick red, purple hue.
Nose: Complex ‘Cote du Rhone’ style nose with light bubble gum, fresh dark forest fruits with a light touch of truffle.
Palate: Medium bodied style with alert acidity with light cedary, vanillin oak. Quite fruity early on the palate with lingering spice and white pepper which adds depth to ripe, dark fruits finishing with soft tannin.

Foods: Mediterranean olive, garlic and tomato pizza or any pasta suits well. Try snapper with a herb crust. Pasta with truffle.

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Blackbilly Old Vine Grenache

Tasting notes

 

Colour: Deep red magenta with a brick red, light purple hue.

Nose: Ripe and fleshy invoking memories of Turkish delight,  pot pourri and underlying raspberry fruit notes. Signs of oak maturation by way of a light cedar oak note but shows remarkable freshness.

Palate: A firm, tannic palate with some drying oak complexity. Quite fruity with integration and a long crisp finish and excellent length of flavour persistence. A hint of dark chocolate bitterness adds complexity.

Foods: Cassoulet or  deep fried zucchini flowers filled with ricotta.

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Blackbilly Pinot Gris

Tasting notes

 

Pinot Gris (synonym: Pinot Grigio) is an emerging variety in Australia but is famous in other regions of the world (France & Italy). This variety’s name comes from the fact that the grapes berries have a ‘grey’ colour to them which allows a range of styles to be produced from dry crisp whites to full, rich textured styles.
This vintage of Blackbilly Pinot Gris is from the Adelaide Hills region and is made in a crisp, slightly off dry style that is varietal but with texture that develops with bottle age.
It is intended to be drunk as a young wine, served chilled with seafood or as an aperitif. A versatile style.

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Blackbilly Chardonnay

Tasting notes

 

This vintage of Blackbilly Chardonnay sourced from a single vineyard in the Adelaide zone, specifically our maritime Currency Creek vineyard. Distinctive in varietal aromatics and flavours with complexity generated from winemaking techniques – including use of old French oak hogsheads with vineyard yeasts, high solids, light malolactic fermentation influence and lees stirred for 10 months.
Simple, yet complex winemaking techniques are used with emphasis given to preservation of fruit and varietal character. We have bottled it under a screw cap seal to maximise freshness as the wine develops some complexity. Whilst it is intended to be drunk as a younger wine, cellaring will develop some interesting characters including Cre me Brule and nuttiness. Served chilled but not cold.

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The Wishing Tree Chardonnay

Tasting notes


Colour: Bright and fresh with green colour and light straw tint. Youthful.
Nose: An aromatic style with light tropical fruit and light peach, melon with a green apple edge.
Palate: Medium plate weight with bright green fruits with a citric, lime juice nuance. Subtle texture on the palate adds a deliciousness and a fresh clean finish.
Foods: Crustacean, fish or freshly shucked oysters. Good aperitif drink as well

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The Wishing Tree Shiraz

Tasting notes


Colour: Deep cherry red.
Nose: Fresh lifted mulberry / raspberry fruit and light mocha aromatic is nicely weighted by subtle oak.
Palate: Medium bodied with fresh, crisp acidity and nice length of fruit. Persistent finish with long fruity after taste.
Foods: Steak, lamb roasts and hearty stews.

 

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The Old Faithful "Top Of The Hill" Shiraz

Tasting notes

 

Colour: Opaque, saturated purple.
Nose: Briary, bramble bush...reminiscent of wild blackberries. Nougat and mocha oak notes with a hint of liquorice and forest floor.
Palate: Tannic, full and rich with stoney, mineral palate and black fruits with length and crisp acidity. Full flavoured and persistent but needs time for the tannins to integrate and resolve.

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The Old Faithful "Cafe Block" Shiraz

Tasting notes

 

Colour: Opaque purple with a dark purple hue.
Nose: Dark fruits of ripe mulberry and blackberry with a light currant like underlay. Soft oak notes, milky mocha/coffee nuances add complexity and finish with a violet flower aromatic.
Palate: Ripe, rich and round with bright fruits and a surprisingly elegant palate. Tannin builds late with crisp acidity and a lovely fruity finish.

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