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McLaren Vale III Associates Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz

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Sparkling shiraz is a truly Australian wine. No one does like we do, and this offering from McLaren Vale III Associates is something to get your teeth into. Smells of dark berries, pepper and anise spices, and toastiness rise up with the bubbles, whilst the palate is full and compact, with lush spiced plum flavours, appealing licks of vanilla bean, cleansing bubbles, evident tannins, and a long, roasted nut finish. It would be awesome with a duck terrine, or Xmas pudding!

Winemaker's Notes

The Sparkling Shiraz was made as a non vintage in order to maintain a consistent style. This rich smooth, luscious sparkling Shiraz was bottled from the same grapes as our acclaimed Squid Ink Shiraz Reserve. Intense fruit and rich concentrated flavours creating firm tannins with some toasty oak. It has a complex nose like the Reserve Shiraz with highlights of ripe berry, spice and hints of vanilla. A very intense sparkling typical of the McLaren Vale Shiraz, but uniquely Australian.

If you know our wines, we need say no more… If however this is your first time, you should know that our Squid Ink has gained a cult following in recent years. So to celebrate we thought we’d captivate you with something uniquely Australian, this rich smooth, luscious Sparkling Shiraz has it all…Enjoy!

Appearance: Intense Deep red.

Nose: Complex nose with highlights of ripe berry, spice and hints of vanilla and toasty oak.

Palate: Rich, concentrated flavours of berry and spice. Firm concentrated tannins finished with toasty oak flavours.

Cellaring: Drink now or reward with 5-8years cellaring to complex and soften.


Awards and Accolades


Silver Medal - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2009

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McLaren Vale III Associates Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz

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James Halliday says
Quite complex, with abundant fruit and not too much sweetness on the finish; some oak doesn't intrude.
To 2012
Australian Wine Companion 2009
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