Shiraz Mataro blend myself in 2014, affectionately known as Shitaro to a few, from separate parcels of Granite Belt fruit. Mike Bennie gave it 91 points - I was rapt.
But this Margan wine from the Hunter Valley is better than that. And it's a field blend. Yes a field blend! I was curious to learn the vineyard is inter-planted with the two varieties. Obviously vintage conditions need to be in favour for this to come off, and in 2014, it did with a bang!
A whiff reveals a tad of smoke, dark fruits and dusting of black pepper. Those dark fruits are deep rooted but there's a red berry edge. An attractive spice rolls through and just hangs. Medium bodied, so moreish and ever so delish. There's a brightness to the acid - aging won't be an issue. Nor will emptying the bottle as I can see from Exhibit A in front of me as I pen these notes.
Will cellar for ten years easy.
Region: Hunter Valley
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