Lot 343 comes to us from a fifth generation winegrower and premier viticultural consultant who's family pioneered the Australian wine business in the 1850's. This guy has planted more ultra-premium vineyards and knows South Australia better than just about anyone.
The only reason we got our hands on this wine is the ongoing trade war between Australia and its leading wine export partner, China. Combined with the strong dollar, this situation makes for some rather insane values.
After three-years of drought and a tough 2019 harvest, the 2020 vintage in McLaren Vale turned small but the quality was fantastic. Lot 343 2020 McLaren Vale Shiraz is an absolute classic, archetypal for the region and fabulously delicious.
Retailing in Australia for $30, its a steal at $14! (this particular wine is not exported to the USA!)
Deep purple in the glass with ripe, expressive aromas of black plum, blueberry and cocoa contrast with savory notes of black pepper, bay leaf, roasted aromatic herbs and braised lamb. Dried orange peel with air. Silky and rich on entry, the wine is juicy with dried blueberrys covered with dark chocolate, and complexed with the lifted notes of lavender, roasted thyme, and meaty pepper spice. Plush, juicy and generous on the midpalate with fine mineral tannins and focused, mouthwatering acidity that extends through the silky, glycerine-like finish with a hint of roasted cocoa bean. First-class all the way and OMG good! 100% Shiraz, 100% McLaren Vale producer estate vineyards Aged 20-months in 20% new French oak hogsheads 15% alc. 700 cases available Projected Bottling November 2022 to arrive USA Winter 2023