A medium to full-bodied shiraz with a complexity that'll reward some time in the cellar. There's cherry, hazelnut and plum on the nose, with a savoury and mineral edge to the palate as well as dark forest fruits, bitter chocolate and leather. Oak lends a softness and smokiness, rounding off a fantastic wine with a lovely, velvety mouthfeel.
93 Points, James Suckling, June 2021: "Very attractive red berries and cherries here with some earth and chocolate too. The palate has a smooth feel with plush, gently grainy tannins carrying long. Approachable."
90 Points, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020.
2016 Leask Shiraz:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points. "This must have come from a very special site, with no frills vinification. It is medium to full-bodied, with exceptional mouthfeel, velvety but not the least heavy, the role of oak limited. It all works well. 26 years old vines, hand-picked, open-fermented, matured in used French puncheons for 18 months."
Bottled on October 31, our 2020 Shiraz is a little different than our previous vintages, now being a blend from three single blocks: Sand Road Block 3, McLaren Hills Block 4, Breakneck Creek "Elliott". 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."