To be honest we discovered this 2010 McKelvey Estate Shiraz almost by accident. Apparently, it was destined for the Chinese market, and it was only a chance conversation that alerted us to the fact that it hadn't left the country.
While McKelvey Estate might not be a well-known name to many, the vineyard itself will be - it was David Lowe's old Hunter Valley vineyard, planted in the mid to late 90s on a prime knob of volcanic soil across the road from Bimbadgen.
This vineyard has been owned by the McKelvey family now for a few years, with son James McKelvey running the vineyard. They've found real scope in China lately - where the reputation of the Hunter Valley is well established - and that's where this 2010 Shiraz was headed (before we snaffled it).
2010 was a great vintage in the Hunter, and it really shows in this Shiraz. Made from the original NW facing block, and matured in French oak barriques, this is richly flavoured, gently earthy and shows the extra complexity that comes from six years in the bottle.
In a very good place, this is just the ticket for anyone who liked mid-weight and savoury styles of Shiraz.
Made from 100% Shiraz grapes from our revered North-westerly block. This wine typifies Hunter Shiraz with accentuated chocolate, liquorice and savoury characters complemented by hints of small crushed berries. Stored in a selection of premium French oak barriques, this wine drinks beautifully now and will cellar well for years to come, drink now till 2020.