A wine dedicated to wine writer and industry figure Tony Keys. It's good to see a picture of him on the back label too - the last time I saw Tony was a couple of years ago at dinner after the Coonawarra Roadshow. We were sitting back eating Greek and sipping on Riesling discussing this and that. He's passed since succumbing to illness. No doubt he is drinking Champagne in the sky as I write this.
Off vines with an average age of 50 years - some as old as 103 so the press release says. It spent nearly two years in oak prior to release.
This wine took a little coercion to get going. Once it took a chill pill, black fruits, black plums, bark, dark chocolate, caramel and cedar aromas all made a play for attention. A big Shiraz, it's meaty in the mouth and those black fruits come leaping once more. Peel back another layer and briar adds another beat to the rhythm. A spice box explodes on exit with leather unfurling on a cocoa-like long finish. I'd have a glass but the asking price doesn't match the wine.
Drink now to a decade+
Region: McLaren Vale