Sangiovese is a grape that has a lot going for it. However, if you really want to make this wine ‘sing’ it needs a little touching up with something else and in this vintage, that is a splash of Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc.
Our 2014 vintage of 'The Ratbag' Merlot has escaped! The new vintage 'Ratbag' displays plum characters supported by threads of rosemary and thyme. Add the perfume of the 2014 vintage and the famed ripe cherry notes and you have an alluring wine.
With the luxury of drawing weighty, textured Cabernet from the cracking black soil of our Cellar block and blending this with the high tone perfume of the Black Sheep block we are able to produce a wine of both presence and elegance.
“Shiraz and McLaren Vale”. A famous pairing. But why the connection? Shiraz in McLaren Vale grows well, always ripens, and with correct vineyard management, produces wines of great depth, flavour and structure.
James Halliday - "Bright crimson-purple; this opens with attractive dark fruits, then does a right-hand turn on the back-palate and finish as tannins clench their fists. 5 or so years in the cellar should result in a wine for the fruit."
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