South Australia’s McLaren Vale region is renowned for its dry red wines, in particular, Shiraz. In fact, the Shiraz grape accounts for about 50% of the areas total crush. So what makes this region so unique? It’s in the soil. The soil is thin and limits water, and when combined with warm summers, this causes the grape to produce intense flavours. McLaren Vale wines are notorious for their ripeness, elegance, structure and complexity, and James Estate Dwyer Homestead McLaren Vale Reserve Shiraz 2013 is just that.
This full-bodied red wine features aromas of plum, dark berries, and bay leaves with hints of white pepper and spicy oak. Dark ruby red in colour, this wine pairs well with a roast or can be enjoyed during a relaxed BBQ with friends. I enjoyed this Shiraz on a Friday night with friends over dinner; Mousaka was on the menu. James Estate’s Dwyer Homestead McLaren Vale Reserve Shiraz is incredibly easy to drink, and I believe it can be enjoyed by anyone even those who may not necessarily like Shiraz. A great drop which which will be a regular in my wine collection.
For the wine connoisseur:
Winemaking process: Barrel aged in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads for 12 months before blending
Winemaker: Alex Finnie
Vineyards: Dwyer Homestead Vineyard, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Tasting znote/Palate: Complex aromas of plum, dark berries and bay leaves with hints of white pepper and spicy oak. Rich and full flavour with chewy tannins and a long persistent finish
Alc/Vol: 15.0% v/v
Cellaring: While ready to be enjoyed now, this wine will reward careful cellaring for 5 to 8 years