Reynella Basket Pressed Shiraz 2013 (McLaren Vale, SA)
There is a whole layer of famous Australian wines out there that sit below the radar. Wines that are good and have always been so, yet somehow slip from view. Think Craiglee Shiraz, Lake’s Folly Cabernet or Crawford Riesling for examples.
Reynella Shiraz – nee Chateau Reynella – fits into that boat perfectly. One of South Australia’s first wineries, this label now seems a forgotten cog in the Hardys/Accolade machine.
Yet behind the scenes there has been some effort put into kicking that whole Accolade portfolio into life, helped along by some smart PR peeps and the employment of winemaking talent like ex-Wirra Wirra (and before that Hardys) winemaker Paul ‘Carps’ Carpenter.
Using this wine alone as a judge, they appear to be winning, too.
Still resplendent in that old school (good old school, not bad) long white label, this McLaren Vale Shiraz spent 16 months in French oak barriques. Hazarding a guess (it’s not specified), this was probably vinified in the shiny open fermenters at the old Tintara winery, as there is more than a little of that old Tintara DNA here.
It’s a big wine too, with a chocolate tray of chocolate oak over the top of a vanilla plum forest of rich, plump, powerful fruit. Initially I thought it was too oaky, too young, too much. But the longer it sat, the more even the finish looked, carrying a certain plush plum/red and blueberry silkiness that was neither too soft but just convincingly long and utterly McLaren Vale-ian, complete with nice tannins.
I didn’t expect to like this so much, but the quality is really quite obvious. Convinced. Drink: 2015-2030. 18.5/20, 94/100