Ahh you little beauty. Back in the day I used to drink gallons of this stuff and wrote about the 2015 McRae Wood I recently tasted. This one, being a year older is still opaque ruby in the glass. The nose is quite pronounced with gorgeous aromas of sweet blackberry, black plum, vanilla laced blueberry pie, baking spice, red licorice and orange peel. The palate is as hoped for- dry with great acidity, smooth tannins, full body and a long finish. Pronounced flavors of the above mentioned primary fruit, secondary nuance from oak and perhaps a dash of tertiary influence from leather notes. I feel like I am missing out on the traditional jammyness usually found in Aussie Shiraz but I don’t miss it. This wine is chock full of complex flavors and I am enjoying the melding of said flavors with the structural components. 93 points from me for this $45 wine will get it 5 stars. Drink till 2030 with steaks, lamb chops or a hearty stew like short ribs. Salut….
Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz 2014, Clare Valley, Australia
01 Wednesday Dec 2021