Monday, December 12, 2011


- McLaren Vale, SA
- $20-$32
- Screwcap
- 14.0%alc

Most likely due to its relationship with Richard Hamilton wines, the Coonawarra-based Leconfield draws its shiraz from McLaren Vale. You could argue that Leconfield should be sourcing their wines from closer to home, but on the basis of what's actually in and not behind the bottle, I have absolutely no problems with Leconfield's rather reliable and quite delicious McLaren Vale shiraz. It's interesting to note there's a small portion of Coonawarra shiraz in the 2010 added for its intensity.

Instantly recognisable and like running into an old friend on the street, the 2010 Leconfield Shiraz is buoyantly ripened, handsomely fruited and oaked; yet even, with juicy dark plum and melting chocolate scents rising through aromas of cherries, black licorice and smooth vanilla/cedar oak, in the openly accessible fashion that young McLaren Vale shiraz does so well. Its palate delivers what the nose promises, unfolding a smooth and silky mouthful of classically vibrant, sumptuous McLaren Vale shiraz fruit flavour ably moved along by an ever present undertone of melting chocolate. Its rich flavour permeates well into the finish, where it's greeted by a well ripened, initially concealed structure of glossy acids and velvety tannins, which grip and hold the wine right on cue without being detrimental to its voluptuous appeal. Length is good.

ü+ Once again, I'm left looking at another deliciously regional, classically medium-term McLaren Vale shiraz from Leconfield, and one that's certainly benefited from the nature of its season. It's great to see 'Australia's mid-palate' performing like this. Drink to 2020.
92 points

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