I was wrong – I admit it.
You see the following details on a wine label; Shiraz, 2012, McLaren Vale, and what springs to mind is big ballsy fruit bomb. But oh no, not here. The RSW Shiraz may well be the flagship wine of Wirra Wirra, but dont expect super-extracted fully worked Shiraz.
Sourced from the best McLaren Vale blocks of fruit they can access from across the regions diverse geography. Generally from low yielding vines producing intense fruit. The individual vineyards were kept separate in barrel until the final blending, then a final 3 months in oak to bring it all together.
On the nose the aroma is ripe dark blackberry/mulberry fruit, but in no way over ripe. Hints of forest floor/earth, vanilla biscuit, and nutmeg add to complexity.
The palate of the RSW Shiraz is surprisingly supple, but still powerful. Not medium bodied, but just a notch up from that. Fine grained tannins definitely don’t interfere with the ripe raspberries and blueberry conserve. A dusting of cocoa. Hints of provencale herbs, black olive brine, and warming spices linger on the long finish. Great acidity keeps it fresh and in balance. Makes me think it will comfortably cellar for 15 years or more. Im glad I was wrong about McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Also checkout the Wirra Wirra Angelus Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food: A proper Cassoulet de Toulouse.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer