2010 Shirvington Wine Notes
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 17 months in 45% new oak, 45% one year old and 10% two year old oak. 70% of the oak was French and 30% American.
Dark rich red in colour this wine has an elegance that belies its McLaren Vale origins. The amazing arrays of aromas on the nose unfurl to reveal a spectrum of fruit flavours that begin with mulberries and finish with cassis. All is well supported by the tea leaf and dried mint varietal characters and cedar vanilla oak. The fruit is luscious and perfectly balanced with fresh acidity and youthful, fine grain tannins. A beautifully delicate wine; it is enhanced by the spice and char from French oak maturation. As expected the finish lingers with nuances of hazelnut nougat.
- James Halliday 93 points
- Wine Advocate 92 points
- Wine Spectator 88 points
- Wine Enthusiast 91 points
The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 17 months in 55% new oak, 35% one year old oak and 10% two year old oak. 60% of the oak was French and 40% was American.
The wine is deep cherry red in colour.
On first impression there is juicy blood plum and blackberry fruit mixed with black pepper and licorice. Underneath there are layers of violets, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and spicy oak. The palate is just as complex with a core of rich generous fruit, savoury oak and a silky tannin structure. Whilst the wine is intense, dark and bold it maintains excellent balance and is overall quite stylish. It finishes long and refreshing.
- James Halliday 94 points
- Wine Advocate 94+ points
- Wine Spectator 87 points
- Wine Enthusiast 93 points
2010 delivered the best vintage in at least twelve years. Winter rainfall in 2009 was near average for McLaren Vale and with a warmer, although drier than average early spring. Near average weather conditions through summer, set up a wonderful vintage. We harvested our Shiraz in the second week of March and our Cabernet Sauvignon in the last week. Yields were excellent, and the resulting wine quality was exceptional.