2012 Shirvington Wine Notes
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 20 months in 55% new oak and 45% one, two and three year old oak. 90% of the oak was French and 10% was American.
This is a lovely dark red wine with a fragrant nose of blackcurrant, mulberry and dried thyme. Secondary notes of cocoa powder, espresso and cigar box emerge on the classically proportioned savoury palate. Vivid red and black cherries weave around finely textured tannins and black pepper spice. Rich and mouth filling, this 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has a concentrated, fruit driven finish with firm acidity that ensures its longevity.
- James Halliday 91 points
- Wine Advocate 91 points
The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 20 months in 53% new oak and 47% one, two and three year old oak. 80% of the oak was French and 20% was American.
Deep black cherry in colour, the 2012 Shiraz presents a layered nose with aromas of perfumed violets, ripe plum and blackberry fruit and freshly ground coffee. Layers of silky smooth fruit engulf the palate, integrated with fine, velvety tannins and subtle flavours of dark chocolate, vanilla bean and aniseed. It is a complex and stylish wine with a persistent finish.
- James Halliday 92 points
The 2012 vintage in McLaren Vale was the most "grower friendly” since 2006. The favourable weather conditions helped contribute to a vintage of quality for all varieties in the district. Weather conditions led to a very early veraison and hence one of the earliest vintages recorded in McLaren Vale. Only a couple of minor heatwaves followed veraison but, with sufficient quantities of irrigation available to combat the heat, no significant damage to vine health was observed.