SHERRAH SHIRAZ 2016
SHERRAH SHIRAZ 2016
Grown in the Lacey vineyard in Tatachilla, only a few kilometres from the sea and almost at sea level, this is a particularly cool maritime influenced area of the Vale. Whole berries were hand plunged for 14 days before gentle pressing into seasoned French hogsheads and a single new barrel for 9 months before bottling, unfined and unfiltered.
"Plum, dark cherry jam, smoked spices, black liquorice. It’s medium to full bodied, quite ferrous and tannic, but fleshy and sweet fruited too – almost a black jellybean kind of flavour – with earth, black olive and sheets of tannin to close it out. It’s quite rugged, but I like it. Thoroughly regional." 91 points, Gary Walsh,
"The gist of this wine is so different from the more big, bold versions that have defined McLaren Vale. For this, Sherrah seems to have parlayed with northern-Rhône with white pepper, game meat and other savoury elements woven into the framework of this wine. Like his other reds, it sits at just medium weight, though there's riper, plusher elements to the wine, dark berry fruits, too. It finishes bright with a light chew of tannins to reset the palate. It's an elegant rendition of the regional staple." Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine
Innovative blends and exciting varietals - the first releases from a winemaker of renown.
A new label with plenty of pedigree, from the hands of the vastly experienced Alex Sherrah. Alex’s winemaking journey began in McLaren Vale at Tatachilla, followed by stints in Napa and Clare Valleys, Austria and Burgundy, before returning to McLaren Vale in 2012 as Coriole’s senior winemaker, where he has gained solid exposure to the Vale’s emerging varieties.
Working with excellent sites farmed by first rate growers, the Sherrah wines are characterised by some innovative varietal blending, and a house style of freshness and drinkability. A superb set of wines for this inaugural release.