2016 Squid Ink Shiraz- Gold London International Wine Challenge
Great intensity is shown on the palate with a real element of elegance present. An array of dark fruits overwhelms the palate with great spicy elements lingering with the firm, fine tannins carrying an impeccable acid line with them.
IWC London International Wine Challenge 2018
Wine Showcase Magazine 2018 – 95pts
With our love for the ocean and the stunning coastline on the cusp of McLaren Vale being a massive draw card to calling this fantastic little town home it made sense to link the name of our Reserve Shiraz to it. The Squid Ink name originated from the enticing first impression of the black, dye like depth of colour this wine resonates.
Our Squid Ink vineyard is the epitome of what defines one of the greatest vineyards in Australia where the famous Black Bay of Biscay Clay soil ensures fantastic fruit. Referred to by some local friends as ‘Mayfair’ the use of sustainable viticulture and having true respect for the value of our vineyards and the fruit they create.
In the winery the Squid Ink Shiraz fruit is treated with utmost respect, ensuring quality from start to finish. Fermented slowly for gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin, the wine is monitored closely. Following fermentation, the wine is then matured in the finest of prodominently new American oak barrels for 18 months.
Wine Details & Tasting Notes
18 Months in American Oak (new and aged)
McLaren Vale 100%
A dry growing season in the latter part of 2015 seen low disease pressures, however it did mean there was a need to irrigate. With some of the largest crops seen in recent years water was precious, A dry growing season in the latter part of 2015 seen low disease pressures, however it did mean there vintage was a need to irrigate. With some of the largest crops seen in recent years water was precious, however relief from a big rainfall in January was welcomed. We had small berries giving excellent colour, along with fantastic varietal expression and great tannin ripeness at lower alcohol levels allowing us to retain lovely natural acid levels. Despite larger crops there was no trade of on quality and this will most certainly seen a memorable high quality vintage and very likely one of the greats.
Potential: 10+ years.