A blind lineup of top 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz (with an interloper)
While blind tastings are nothing new here at ozwinereview HQ, it’s rare to have as narrow a focus as this.
Naturally, given the strength of the 2012 vintage in the Vale, I had high hopes – and this lineup largely delivered (much like these Scarce Earth wines did)
All these wines were thus tasted single blind (I knew what was here but not the order) and over a good 12 hours. Extra thoughts and background information in italics.
Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz 2012 (McLaren Vale, SA)
Unusual in Vale terms as it is wild fermented (which is the regional exception). Produced from all four Inkwell blocks, this is an absolute bargain. 14.5% TA 6.1, pH 3.68. $30.
This is an exceptional wine and the only one in the lineup that I picked from the outset. Polished, archetypal Vale red – I want some. 14.5%, $70
The only wine in this lineup sealed in cork. From an old block north of the Onkaparinga river. All French oak maturation. Doesn’t look like a 2010, although in retrospect it’s more forward and open than the 12s. pH 3.6. TA 6.2. 14.5% $50.
Estate grown and in a good place. Buy with confidence (and well priced). 14% $30
Nice wine but outgunned in this lineup. Probably look really good by itself. 14.5%, $25