Skillogalee Basket Pressed Shiraz, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2010
Vineyard at 450m altitude, hand harvest, de-stalked, vinified in open-topped fermenters, then gently basket pressed, and matured for 20 months in French and US oak hogsheads, which I believe are 25o litre capacity. Screw cap closure, 14% abv, widely available, about £20
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of slightly high-toned blackcurrant, ripe black berry and rich black cherry, with a slight medicinal menthol-like note.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, silky well-integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body with a smooth texture, a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe lifted black cherry, sweet black berry, and a sweet medicinal black fruit note, with liquorice hints. A long finish, with a clean, fresh and pleasant low-key tannic finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with perfectly balanced fresh acidity and alcohol, which are in keeping with the flavour intensity. A wine with good concentration, not particularly complex, but showing interesting signs of tertiary development enhanced by a slightly high-toned character, with more to come, having the attributes to improve with cellaring over 5-7 years.