Excellent colour for grenache, vibrant crimson-purple, and what follows doesn’t disappoint: the bouquet is very fragrant, in tune with the bright red fruits of the palate; silky tannins run through its length. All this at 13.5% alcohol. Cellaring potential? Yes, but why stand by and wait for the wine to lose its vibrancy? The cuttings came from d’Arenberg and Seppeltsfield (1998), Rockford and Shottesbrooke (2000). Screwcap.
96 points; drink to 2018; $35
Even at its most southerly point, McLaren Vale still stamps its terroir on its wines with that dark chocolate character. This wine brings malbec’s plummy fruit into play, joining with the shiraz to bring a juicy energy and supple flow to the wine, and its lively finish. The shiraz came from cuttings collected by Govan from Paxton, Torbreck and Leasingham (1998) and Greenock Creek, Torbreck and Pirramimma (2000). 13.5% alc; screwcap
94 points; drink to 2025; $35
Dense purple-crimson, it has plum jam to burn, with some traces of spice and licorice in the background; the tannins are very soft, the finish not especially long. The cuttings came from Langhorne Creek and Leasingham (1998). 13.5% alc; screwcap
92 points; drink to 2017; $35