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Angove Vineyard Select McLaren Vale Shiraz

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There’s no doubt the Angove family know a thing or two about making wine. This year marks a century of winemaking and they never rest on their laurels when it come to quality. Their select Shiraz is sourced from the McLaren Vale and it’s the kind of wine that sums up the region perfectly. Rich and brooding on the nose, with black currant, spice and licorice before a full-flavoured palate of soft tannins and excellent length.

Winemaker's Notes

2013 was set up to be a perfect vintage, until unseasonably hot weather came to the region, and vintage then came on thick and fast. Fortunately small crops and decent canopies meant our vineyards were still able to provide us with delicious lively and concentrated fruit. 

This wine shouts its origins in McLaren Vale. Morello cherries, bright raspberry and vanillin aromas come to the fore on the nose, with the spice from deft oak use underlying the palate. Soft and rich in the mouth this wine is ready to drink now but the excellent structure suggests the ability to age for at least 5 years.

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Angove Vineyard Select McLaren Vale Shiraz

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Deep crimson; the rich plum and dark berry bouquet leads into a palate stacked with flavour and extract; remarkable for a full-bodied wine at this price, but it does need time to smooth out its feathers. That said, great value.
To 2022
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
Terrific vintage. An elegant wine that captures the fleshiness and plump fruit of McLaren Vale and marries it with some judicious use of oak. It sits harmoniously in the mouth, is velvety smooth and seamless with a lovely pleasing fruit-driven finish.
West Australian - Ray Jordan - 25.07.13
91
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Deliciously vibrant and regional, with a spicy, floral and peppery bouquet of sweet black and red berries, plums and lightly smoky, cedar/vanilla oak. Sweetly fruited, it's juicy and generous, long and smooth, with bright, licorice-like fruit and polished smoky oak supported by a fine, dusty backbone. Great value.
2017-2020+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong crimson-purple; wild-fermented in 70-year-old open fermenters and spent 18 months in oak; the result is a medium- to full-bodied wine with an abundance of blackberry and plum fruit, plus good tannin structure for ageing.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Polished and supple, this stylish McLaren Vale shiraz reveals a sweet, spicy and faintly minty fragrance of blackberries, briar and cassis underpinned by sweet vanilla oak. Medium to full-bodied, its juicy, vibrant palate is supported by a soft extract and smooth oak, finishing with restraint, elegance and freshness.
2015-2018+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep colour and deeply fruited bouquet, with fruitcake spice and warm liqueur-soaked black fruits in abundance; the palate is toasty and rich, warm and inviting, and best enjoyed on a cool day with a braised dish.
2015
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Dark, spicy and rather pruney, this early maturing shiraz has a dark, smoky, spicy bouquet of China black tea, blackberries and briar. It's medium in weight, smooth and elegant, with a faintly cooked and pruney spectrum, of berry and plum flavours knit with dark chocolate/cedar oak, finishing with a hint of mineral.
The Australian Wine Annual
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dark crimson-purple; has a potent bouquet of black fruits and licorice, then a rich full-bodied palate adding a dash of dark chocolate to the blackberry base. A lot of wine for the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
There's too much showy, glossy, vanillin oak here, but as a flashy, old-fashioned style, it's pretty well done. It tastes of malty vanilla first and foremost - which makes something of a mockery of them being vineyard-select grapes - though there is fresh, plummy fruit buried beneath. Give it another year in the bottle and it should start drinking very well. It's certainly smooth, plush and flavoursome.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
91
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Honest and regional, with deep aromas of dark plums, prunes and currants, cedar/chocolate/cigarboxy oak and smoky leathery undertones. Supported by firmish, pliant tannins, its smooth, juicy palate marries rich, sour-edged dark plum and berry fruit with sweet chocolate, mocha and vanilla oak, finishing with length and presence.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Very good colour; a powerful and dense wine with blackberry, black cherry, licorice, dark chocolate, oak and tannins all competing for attention, tannins winning the day. Patience needed.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Reasonable alcohol levels, good flavours, a general smoothness and double-take value for money: it's the Angove formula, and it makes you wonder why others don't follow. Lovely medium-bodied wine. It tastes of chocolate, coffee and blackberry, and while it's all fairly simple it's all noticeably yummy. It's one of those wines: it makes quality look easy. The rating might even be stingy.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Attractive, well-balanced medium-bodied wine, with a pleasing touch of Regional dark chocolate to the black fruits of the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Focused and fruit-driven, this juicy but medium weight McLaren Vale shiraz delivers a minty, slightly peppery expression of raspberry, blackberry and plum-like fruit with typically fine and pliant, if marginally green-edged tannins, and a pleasing sour edge. It's underpinned by suggestions of dark chocolates, cloves and dusty vanilla oak, with just a hint of saltiness.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An attractive medium-bodied wine, with a mix of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, fine tannins and balanced oak; overall quite juicy.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; archetypal McLaren Vale blackberry and dark chocolate fruit; controlled extract and oak. Stained cork a worry.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; a pleasing regional overlay to the Shiraz given freedom of expression by controlled alcohol, which also invests the palate with lively red fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; classic regional mix of blackberry and dark chocolate; fine, ripe tannins; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90

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