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Tatachilla McLaren Vale Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

You could not get a more authentic wine than McLaren Vale Shiraz and you could not get more authentic than Tatachilla for representing the style that has made the region famous. Cherry and plum aromas assault the nose as well as hints of violets before a palate of black fruit and spice. It’s full bodied yet silky and ends with defined tannins and lovely persistence. No problems deciding what to eat with this, pair it with a medium rare steak.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep red with purple hues.

Nose: Lifted nose with violet characters, blackberry and vanilla hints.

Palate: Concentrated and vibrant cassis and ripe cherry. A very smooth, silky texture with powerful coffee perfumed tannins, and an earthy and persistent finish. Great length showing nutmeg, cinnamon and plum.

Food: Braised lamb or beef burgundy.

Cellaring: Enjoy this wine now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Tatachilla McLaren Vale Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; while the bouquet is hesitant, the palate is not, filled with a sensuous, complex mix of dark fruits, licorice, bitter chocolate and smoky/earthy nuances, the tannins ripe and balanced.
Wine Companion Dec/Jan
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A straightforward style that marries older, woody characters with plum and cassis fruit, simple and ripe; could be fresher. The palate s a little sinewy, really doesn t carry, tannins are blurred and there s a lack of real length here.
Good Wine Guide
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Stylish, balanced and fine-grained, with meaty aromas of blackberries, dark plums, cassis and chocolates knit with smoky oak. It's smooth, piercingly intense and very concentrated, with a briary flavours of dark berries and plums finishing long and fresh with with lingering notes of raspberries and blueberries.
The Australian Wine Annual
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Vibrant peppery aromas of sweetly ripened black and red berries, plums and polished chocolate vanilla oak are backed by spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and fennel. Polished and moderately weighted, with a luscious, juicy presence of sour-edged fruit, it's underpinned by moderately firm but pliant tannins. Mouthfilling, honest and approachable.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It was a quirk that Tatachilla didn't make it into last year's edition of The Big Red Wine Book - it can be an excellent red producer. It's good to rectify the oversight here. It's not top-tier regional shiraz but, gee, it's good and tasty. It's full of those beloved blackberry and chocolate flavours, and there's a good (and appropriate) crunch of tannin through the finish. If you haven't already noticed, we like reds that you can sink your teeth into, and you sure can with this. If you find this at a price you like, jump in with both feet.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; silky, supple plum, blackberry and just a hint of dark chocolate; good oak and tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A delicious young shiraz whose spicy, peppery fragrance of blackberries, cassis and dark plums overlies sweet coconut ice-like oak and scents or violets Sumptuous, smooth and silky, its long and lively palate is packed with juicy berry and plum flavours. Framed by smooth, creamy tannin and backed by rather smart and lightly smoky oak it finishes with length and brightness of fruit and a refreshing acidity. Terrific value.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Powerful and focused in best 2002 vintage style; likewise, dark chocolate regional wrapping to the black cherry fruit; long, elegant palate, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Long, firm and fine-grained, this slightly closed and varnishy red has a subdued aroma of meaty plums and dark berries, with earthy cedary undertones. Smooth and deeply flavoured with sweet confiture-like blackberry and plum fruit, it delivers in intensity what it might lack in complexity.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
In typical Tatachilla style, a huge wine, crammed with fruit; the tannins, at least, are not overplayed.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004

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