Adelaide Hills, Australia. Trying to get to know Aussie red.
I’m seeing the same influence across the 3 Rudderless wines I bought - grenache (2017), malbec (2017) and this shiraz. A nice little study into terroir. All from a close collection of Sellicks Hill vines, the southern edge of McLaren Vale. All having a recognisably similar earthy, dried-herbs, mild spice dimension. This is the densest of them all, black/purple in the glass, black fruited, gravelly tannin, meaty but balanced. A shiraz with heft and balance - suits me! — 8 days ago
I’m not overly familiar with Malbec but this tastes pretty good. Has the Rudderless earthy/bushy/herbal flavours as in the Grenache (Sellicks hill location, picks up the nice sea breeze and has a great view as I enjoyed from Doug Govern’s Victory Hotel). Nice spread and lovely tannin with a plusher fruit profile than the Grenache. Cracked it and drank straight away late afternoon. — 10 days ago
Dark plum, chocolate, mild baking spice. Too heavily oaked for me, fruit feels a bit dull. — a month ago
Quite black fruited, fleshy, dense and smooth, lightly spiced, nice tannin that sort of sits back but still exerts itself. A very clean and rounded Grenache. Benefits from a decant to let all its elements find their balance. — a month ago