2011 Shirvington Wine Notes

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Notes:

The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 17 months in 58% new oak, 42% one year old oak. 58% of the oak was French and 42% was American. 

2011 was a cooler and wetter year in McLaren Vale and these conditions produced some very elegant wines. Dark red with rusty red hues the nose is led by fresh, juicy blackberry and raspberry fruit. Perfume-like smells of dried tobacco and cinnamon spice entwine with smoky, cedar oak. The palate follows through with voluminous freshness, hints of licorice and fine emery tannins. This is ably supported by natural acid giving the wine a lovely length. A stunning varietal wine from a difficult vintage.

Accolades:

  • James Halliday 90 points 
  • Wine Advocate 91+ points 
  • Wine Enthusiast 91 points 

2011 Shiraz

Wine Notes:

The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 17 months in 58% new oak, 42% one year old oak. 58% of the oak was French and 42% was American.

A blend of Blocks 6 and 9 form the 2011 Shiraz that is deep crimson with brick red hues. An array of different berry aromas surge from the glass - blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry - with trademark licorice and bitter dark chocolate promising to balance the sweet fruit. The fruit dances across the palate with layers of cinnamon and nutmeg spice over creamy, mocha oak. Tannins are supple and velvety and the whole experience is underscored by a mineral earthiness. An excellent example of how graceful McLaren Vale Shiraz can be in a cooler year.

Accolades:

  • James Halliday 91 points 
  • Wine Advocate 92+ points 
  • Wine Enthusiast 93 points 

Vintage Notes

Most of the south eastern Australian wine growing areas were severely disrupted by a very wet growing season. We, thankfully, escaped unscathed. Early sampling of our Shiraz shows potential for tremendous quality—the length and depth of fruit is very encouraging. Our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is more varietal than for many years, and this character has shown through in the wine, making the quality potential exceptional.