To take the hastle out of choosing a wine, we have done it for you this week!!
- 2009 Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard, Wrattonbully cabernet Shiraz
An 84/16% blend aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Blackcurrant fruit is the main driver, albeit backed up on the mid-palate by fleshier Shiraz; it is medium-bodied, perfectly balanced, the tannins silky, the oak not at all over the top, the finish long.
- 2011 Xanadu Stevens road Margaret River chardonnay
Hand-picked, and wild yeast-fermented in French oak (35% new); 9 months in barrel with regular stirring, and no mlf. A special selection of an unambiguously first class chardonnay; despite the power and intensity of the stone fruit/grapefruit flavours running through the length of the palate, is light on its feet.
- 2011 Tow hands Twelftree White hut mclaren vale Shiraz
Hand-picked; destemmed, not crushed; wild yeast open-fermented, 10 days on skins; 22 months in French puncheons; 488 dozen made. Strong purple-crimson; this is a classy wine in every way: it has supple black fruits, a whisk of dark chocolate, and fine, ripe tannins. Another demonstration that McLaren Vale fared far better than the Barossa Valley in ’11.