Woodstock Deep Sands McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars.
- 90 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- SPECIAL VALUE BUY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020
- SINGLE VINEYARD MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
- TROPHY WINNING WINEMAKER
When tasting this Shiraz, generosity of colour and flavour are clear and evident. The vibrant, floral and spicy bouquet brings together both red and black fruits like cherries and plums. The classic McLaren Vale earthiness comes through on the palate, supported by white pepper spice that balances the fruit concentration and the soft yet structured tannins. While young this Shiraz is bright and elegant.
90 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion
"Solid red, solid value. Blackberry, tar, licorice and malt/dark chocolate flavours put on a warm, hefty show. It would be a better wine if the grapes had been picked earlier but the oak, while present, has been kept nicely in check."
The hero variety of the region, Woodstock Shiraz is sourced from Woodstock Estate and neighbouring vineyards in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale. These vines are all on sandy soils which contribute the floral aromatics to Woodstock Shiraz. The ratio between bunches and leaves are closely monitored to ensure vineyard balance, so that each vine can deliver full, ripe flavours to every bunch.
Vintage 2017 was started with a late budburst from a cool spring. High soil moisture resulted in excellent vine health and vigour. With only 2 days over 40c the vines maintained strong canopies the full season. The conditions caused a later than normal vintage, but the late warm conditions with cool nights has crafted elegant wines with excellent flavour development. After fermentation on skins for a minimum of 5 days, the ’Deep Sands’ Shiraz was predominantly matured in Stainless Steel tanks, with a minority aged in 2nd and 3rd use oak for up to 12 months.
McLaren Vale, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar 4-5 years|
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