Gemtree tend not to say what is in this Phantom belnd, but we do know there is some merlot in the 2011, and being McLaren Vale, you would have to think shiraz plays a part, too. It's a full-bodied number at 14.5% alcohol, and shows lots of bright red cherries, mocha, soft spice and a sprinkle of herbs in the mix. The palate is quite rich and spicy, with generous licks of cherry fruit and chocolate, talcy tannins, and a decent, savoury-edged finish that would see this go well with an Italian Osso Bucco dish.
The 2011 growing season presented us with good winter and spring rains. The warm days and cool nights leading up to harvest saw near perfect growing conditions. The resulting wine shows classic McLaren Vale shiraz characteristics; fruit drive, sweetness, with a tightly bound structure of acid and tannin.
Appearance: Black cherry, intense.
Nose: A multi-layered wine displaying red cherry, chocolate and spice combined with dried sausage and meatiness.
Palate: A very complex wine from the start all the way through to the finish. Red cherry, chocolate and spice flavours carried from the nose to the palate, balanced with chalky tannin, savoury oak and a refined structure. A pure form of varietal expression.
Food: Roast lamb with garlic and rosemary, pheasant and curried pumpkin soup.
Cellaring: 5-10 years
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Merlot.