15%, Screwcap, $65
Old school McLaren Vale Shiraz this and tastes it – a flashback from an era when richness and concentration dominated elegance, and 24 months in 100% new French and American oak was an essential Vale Shiraz recipe.
But we’re in 2013 and oaky wines, like this one, look like dinosaurs. Still, maybe I’m jumping the gun a bit. This was made in 2006, so the oak handling probably wasn’t ridiculous for the time. Further, it was always made to be aged, so oak fortification was probably considered necessary.
This particular Shiraz is named after Michelle Nugan, who ran the Nugan business since her husband died in 1986 up until just recently. Sourced from the family’s 11 hectare McLaren Vale vineyard.
Many will love that richness methinks. Middle aged blokes mainly. But everyone else will just, ultimately, see this for what it is – an unbalanced oakasaurus. Pity, as it could have been much tastier.
Score: 15.8/20 87/100
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