The Old Faithful Top of the Hill Shiraz 2010, McLaren Vale, Australia (750ml)
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|| Grapes:||100% Shiraz|
|| Type:||Dry Red|
|| Region:||McLaren Vale|
| Opaque purple with a subtle mahogany hue. Oak notes of cedar, light vanillin and cola are almost swamped by black fruits and a subtle savoury liquorice edge. Still youthful. A more stony palate displaying strong fruit, a touch of salt and pepper and ample nutty oak. Well balanced acidity for the weight of fruit. Potential: 15+ years in a cool cellar. Decant on opening and allow to breathe if possible for a couple of hours or more.
More on vineyards and winemaking: McLaren Vale is home to some of the most treasured Old Vine plantings in the world today, with the earliest known plantings dating back to 1862. The Old Faithful project is an exciting Joint Venture Partnership with John Larchet (50%) and a Quartet of “vinous” folk (50%) owning a multiplicity of the most prized dry grown Old Vine vineyards across McLaren Vale. The 'Top of the Hill’ Shiraz is another expressive <terroir> site in McLaren Vale. Over 40 years old and perched at the “Top of the Hill” in the north of McLaren Vale with commanding views and hard schist loam soils, these vines have natural low vigour and produced some of the best fruit of the vintage. Aged in 100% French oak barrels to complete fermentation and add structure to the wine. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.