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We chose four separate blocks for this regional Shiraz. Breakneck Creek Elliott Block (planted 1994), Sand Road Block 3 (planted 2014) and McLaren Hills Block 4 Stock (planted 2001), Hillenvale Dashwood Block (planted 2018). Mixing soil types and site influences creates complexity and also balance in the palate.

Here's what Mal & Richard say about it:
"The individual parcels really work in harmony, we see real vineyard character in the wine, blueberry and mulberry, chocolate and French oak, fruit and earth feeling opens beautifully in the glass."

Reviews of the 2020 Shiraz:

93 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:

"This is very good regional shiraz, implementing a controlled chord of reduction to constrain lilac, cracked pepper, clove, charcuterie and blue-fruit accents. Fine tension. Compelling length. The lushness of the Vale iterated almost as a cooler-climatic expression. Fine-boned tannins and savoury spice inflections. Versatile at the table."

91 points, James Suckling:
"Attractive blackcurrant aromas and hints of leaves. There's a real blue-fruit edge to this shiraz. The palate has quite a brisk, assertive feel with smoothly delivered blueberry and blackcurrant flavors."

Reviews of previous vintages:

95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion:
"Oh come all ye faithful lovers of McLaren Vale shiraz. It's hard to say whether the variety or the region is the most important - and true - contributor to the depth and outright richness of this shiraz. The tannins also ring true to the theme, leaving no doubt about its longevity."

93 points, James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion
"It delivers a solid whack of dark berried flavour. This is a sure-footed wine, well-balanced and finished, with fluid delivery of coffee cream, blackberry, plum and choc-mint flavours. From start to finish, it keeps you satisfied."

Gary Walsh, June 2017, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au
"Blackberry, smoky grilled meat sprinkled with pepper, a bit of purple flowers or something like that. Medium bodied, flavoursome, almost slurpy, but a bit more in it than that, with light tannin, spice and dark fruits, and a tidy finish. Lovely wine, drinking very well young. Doing a good job of it here." 91 points

Huon Hooke, March 2017, www.huonhooke.com
"Deep red/purple colour and a ripe, concentrated, deep-fruited aroma and palate flavour. The texture is soft and easygoing. Peppery blackberry and dark plum aromas. Concentrated, rich, soft and rounded. A very smart shiraz for one so young." 90 points

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