The vines for the Wild Olive Shiraz are boarded on one side by olive trees running along a creek bank. Certified organic grape growing and winemaking practices, minimal inputs and no artificial herbicides or pesticides contribute to the overall quality of Angove vineyards. 250 hectares across McLaren Vale and Riverland form part of this strong ethos.
I've looked at previous vintages of this wine and savoury characters have been big contributors. Fruit is the driving force this time in. Eucalypt trees aren't too far from the vineyard either and I've seen their influence previously too - not this time. Winning.
Delivery is smooth, not too dissimilar to the old Glenn McGrath bowling action. Line and length hitting the spot with accuracy. Dark berry fruit the main players. Some chocolate, but this is more about that McGrath-esque delivery - easing into the crease offering consistency and getting results. Fine spices peer through at the death. If you looking for a pleaser, this is right on the money.
Drink now to five years.
Region: McLaren Vale