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Rouleur Shiraz 2018

We picked both blocks at quite different times and baumes to achieve individual outcomes at the fermenter. Our first parcel of fruit to arrive was early picked for vibrancy and freshness. We handsorted and destemmed 90% of this Shiraz, leaving a sprinkling of whole bunches on top of a single open fermenter. Our second vineyard’s fruit was delivered a week later and a touch riper. This parcel provided depth of flavour and was processed using 20% whole bunches and fermented with wild yeast.

Both pots were footstomped and left on skins post ferment for another two weeks before pressing. We used a combination of new (10%) and old French oak to mature our Shiraz and wine from each individual vineyard was kept separate until blending and bottling in late December 2017.

This years Shiraz has lifted aromatics of blue and red fruits, violet florals, olive tapenade and whole bunch spice. There’s a dusting of mocha which follows through onto the palate along with fine, savoury tannins and herbal hints backed by generous fruit and subtle oak influence. This wine is vibrant, juicy and approachable in youth.

 

94 POINTS ANDREW GRAHAM - OZWINEREVIEW.COM

I think he’s nailed it – a clever McLaren Vale Shiraz with moderation yet great intensity. It weighs in at just 13.4% alcohol, though you’d never call it a light weight at all. Sourced from a single vineyard at Blewitt Springs, there’s 40% whole bunches in the mix and it exclusively sees older oak (more background details here). What I like about this red, and the rest of Matt’s wines is that sense of restraint. Of fruit picked earlier than everyone else, with a reliance on acidity and delicacy rather than weight and extract. This Shiraz is very much in that mode, with this full mid palate but without that tarriness you see in riper Vale Shiraz. In fact, you could close your eyes and this could come across as more Adelaide Hills than the Vale at all. Ultimately this is the sort of McLaren Vale Shiraz that I’d want to drink. Best drinking: Now to ten years plus. 18.5/20, 94/100. Would I buy it? In a second. I’ve told Matt before that his wines are too cheap, and here’s another example.

 

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