McLaren Vale sparkling shiraz cre­ates his­tory

Chinchilla News - - LIFE - peter.chap­man@apn.com.au

THE first tro­phy ever awarded for a Spark­ing Red in the 31-year his­tory of the In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge (IWC) has gone to McLaren Vale III As­so­ciates for its Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz.

The wine is a blend of vin­tages made by wine­maker Brian Light – a pre­vi­ous Aus­tralasian Wine­maker of the Year, and three times win­ner of McLaren Vale Wine Show’s top Bush­ing King award.

The Sparkling Squid Ink was also the only wine to win a Gold Medal in the IWC Sparkling Red cat­e­gory.

An­nounc­ing the medal in Lon­don, this year’s IWC judg­ing panel – Tim Atkin MW, Oz Clarke, Sam Har­rop MW, Peter McCom­bie MW and Charles Met­calfe – de­scribed the Sparkling Squid Ink as “sheer class”. The judges notes: “Vi­o­let hue; bit­ter choco­late and black­berry aro­mas, clean, bright black cherry fruit and crisp. Won­der­ful vi­brant black for­est gateaux flavours, with the tang of rasp­berry vine­gar. Bright, lightly de­fined fin­ish. Sheer class.”

Wine­maker Brian Light said the win was very ex­cit­ing for the III As­so­ciates team.

“It’s a great re­sult for this unique Aussie style and it’s great for McLaren Vale, up against wines from all over the world,” Brian said.

“The com­plex­ity of this McLaren Vale Shiraz sparkling wine is matched by the bal­ance of ripe plum pud­ding flavours and soft mouth-fill­ing tan­nins – we be­lieve it’s a beau­ti­ful drink and we’re very pleased oth­ers are agree­ing!”

The Sparkling Squid Ink has been a hit with re­view­ers in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally since its re­lease last Novem­ber and, ear­lier this year, won a sil­ver medal at the Wine Spir­its Asia Wine Chal­lenge in Sin­ga­pore.

McLAREN VALE SQUID INK SHIRAZ

FOOD: Duck with rasp­ber­ries

RAT­ING: 96/100 RRP $55

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