JH 91 points, WA 92 points (2010)
2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.
Intense deep crimson
Satsuma plum, raspberry coulis with crushed fresh mint leaf, salted liquorice, subtle Chinese star anise spice, supplemented by smoky, spicy French oak.
Luscious, textured and round palate packed with dark, brooding plum flavours, liquorice, and black olive. The tannins are soft and fine, providing a gentle framework for the deep fruit and creating a generosity, a sense of comfort that is such a feature of Shiraz in our unique part of the world.
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.