Winery Region:McLaren Vale
Wine Name:Somerled McLaren Vale
This wine is a stunner. Made from McLaren Vale grapes by ex-Penfold's winemaker Robin Moody, it is typical of the very best from that region. It was bottled in February 2004 after aging in new and once-used American and French oak barrels. Color is a very deep, dark, dense crimson. The nose has an enticing, complex, lifted bouquet with oak, ripe fruit and secondary aromas from its time in bottle. The palate is warm and ripe, with lingering flavors and nice firm tannin structure that supports those flavors. There is a pronounced viscosity that provides middle palate richness. Very satisfying big wine with the capacity to mature really well. It will gradually develop more and more complexity with further aging and should drink at its peak from about 2007 to 2012 and live gracefully for years after that. It will repay good cellaring many times over! Because it has already started to throw a crust, the wine will benefit greatly from being carefully decanted some time before drinking – a couple of hours would be ideal.
Tasted in Sept 06 by Canberra wine lover Bill Blick who agreed with the above comments and added it was at least as good and probably better than any wine he tasted from Wynns. In Sept 06 it was tasted independently by well known Canberra wine identity Ray Palmer and his son. Both reached the same conclusion – a wine of exceptional quality well into gold medal class – colour alone is almost perfect. A steal at $30.00.'