Location

Longitude 138°36’06”
Latitude 35°13’45”
Altitude 
525 Feet = 160 Metres

Lioness of McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Lioness of McLaren Vale is sourced from Angus and Helen Tuck's vineyard located in the subregion of Bakers Gully. Here mature Shiraz vines populate or perish, in the ironstone pebble laden clay loam, over ancient Kurrajong Formation geology, a silica cemented conglomerate most suited to grow Shiraz.

After hand picking whole bunches of our Lioness of McLaren Vale in mid-March our winemaker Elena Brooks let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters with ambient yeasts and hand plunging for 12 days, before basket pressing into some new (20%) but predominately older French Oak barriques, to the mature for a further 18 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard. Although ready to drink the Lioness of McLaren Vale will also reward cellaring and decanting. 

Tasting Notes

Colour

Densely yet brightly purple in body with violet streaks at rim edge.

Nose

Aromas of white chocolate and the best cocoa you can buy. Boysenberry, blackberry - both ripe but fine; then smells of wild strawberries and their foliage, with mulberry and cherry also in the air. In this youthful stage of its life, it really is all about the aromatics.

Palate

Here we find a natural partnership between the powdery, fine, dry and happy tannins of well-grown Shiraz with the intense, coiled power of pure McLaren Vale fruit. The tannins rest in the background with the acid keeping the blackberry, plum and wild raspberry fruit flavours well-puckered. The back palate and aftertaste become more elegant and refreshing, giving the wine real harmony.

Drink
It being both rich and savoury, mouth-filling yet elegant, this red wine has versatility when it comes to the table. For the brave try Dressed Honeycomb Tripe cooked in the Spanish manner with smoked paprika, sherry vinegar, tomato puree, too many aromatic vegetables, cider, and some chick peas for textural effect. Stew for 2 hours.

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Awards

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 - Gold, 93 Points
  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 - Platinum 94 points
  • McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018 – Gold Medal, 95 Points
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Gold Medal, 91 Points
  • New York International Wine Competition 2019 – Gold Medal
  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2-19 - Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018 – Silver Medal 
  • New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 95 Points
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2018 – Silver Medal
  • International Wine & Spirit Challenge Tranche 1 2019 – Silver Medal, 92 Points
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Cathay Pacific International Wine and Spirit Competition (Hong Kong) 2018 - Silver Medal
  • New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2020 - 95 Points
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