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2013 Serafino McLaren Vale Shiraz

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Big red fans rise up - your hero wine is here!

This 2013 Serafino McLaren Vale Shiraz is a badass of a wine. It's thick, it's full, and it's heroically rich. Oh, and it's at the sharpest price in the land...

But let's step back a bit. You know why this red is so damn good? It all starts with beautiful ripe grapes. '13 in McLaren Vale was warm and dry, and you can almost taste the magical summer sun in this Shiraz.

The juiciness of those little black berries has helped this wine absolutely smash it on the show circuit, with a mighty solid 3 gold medals to its name.

That's just the start of the love too, as James Halliday also gave this 95 points and praised how the the 'structure and texture give precisely measured support to the strongly varietal expression'.

Campbell Mattinson was also a fan, calling this 'even-tempered Shiraz from McLaren Vale. Quality fruit. Clean as a whistle, lively, unencumbered. Free of spirit' and giving it 93 points.

Clearly everyone loves this Shiraz and for good reason - it's damn tasty.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2013 vintage was an extremely exciting vintage for the quality of fruit coming into the winery was outstanding. The increase in quality has been the result of meticulous vineyard management including shoot thinning in Spring and irrigation trails. The grapes were picked at optimum flavour and intensity. Once harvested the grapes were delivered to the Serafino winery where they pass through the crusher and destemmer. The parcels of grapes are then transferred to our five tonne open fermenters.

This is where we inoculate the grapes with yeast strains to deliver ideal fermentation. The fermentation process of converting sugars to alcohol takes around seven days. During this period each fermenter is carefully pumped over three times a day plus in the early stages we us a technique called delestage, where the juice is racked of the skins and then returned again to help with colour extraction, tannin enhancement and building the depth of flavour.

At the end of primary fermentation the wine was pressed off skins and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine is then racked to a combination of new and older French and American oak hogsheads (300L), for a further 12 months.

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2013 Serafino McLaren Vale Shiraz

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Deeply coloured; the bouquet is very complex, with black fruits, leather, earth, licorice and dark chocolate leading into a supple medium to full-bodied palate; here structure and texture give precisely measured support to the strongly varietal expression. The sense of place is also clear.
Now till 2028
Australian Wine Companion
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
Even-tempered shiraz from McLaren Vale. Quality fruit. Clean as a whistle, lively, unencumbered. Free of spirit. Plum and dark berries with input from smoked spice. 100% attractive to drink. This is a style of wine to hang your hat on. High value, I’d argue.
Now Till 2025
The Wine Front
James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Estate-grown. Blackberry, plum, spice and chocolate are all in play from the opening bell, and continue through the length of the particularly well balanced, medium-bodied palate; fine, but ripe, tannins tie a ribbon around the parcel, ensuring its longevity.
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