Scrubby Rise as a straight Shiraz? Did Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot want nothing to do with it, or did Shiraz think it was that good it could go it alone this vintage? Is there going to be a Scrubby Rise Cabernet Sauvignon? I’m secretly (not so anymore obviously) hoping there will be. If Wirra Wirra can produce a Shiraz of this quality and price, I’ve no doubt they can do the same with a Cab Sav (with a touch of PV). How lucky are we punters?
A very fresh, juicy and fruitful nose and I thought it almost a bit floral too, but it’s the tasting and drinking where it counts for this wine. There’s a certain level of richness thanks to plenty of red fruits and plums, a minimal dark fruit influence with a hint of spice (don’t ask me which ones, it just has some). There was a bit of a medicinal character to begin with but that proved to be not a worry as it dissipated with air and time. The tannins and oak don’t demand attention from a wine that is perfectly made for early consumption and is definitely going to be a crowd pleaser. Bargain buying right here!
Region: McLaren Vale, SA Price: $15 (Bargain) Source: A very kind mate