2016 PATRITTI MERCHANT MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
RRP $25 / 2034
Hand-picked, small amount of whole bunches, American and French oak for 16 months. It’s not easy to get these wines right, in terms of balance, but this one is spot on. American oak exerts a coffeed influence but it doesn’t intrude. Spice ripples through the tannin without ever begging for the front seat; the fruit is rich and tar-like but not hot or overdone. Value is very high. CM 13.5% alc.
WINEMAKER James Mungall and Ben Heide What makes this wine so distinctive?
This is the younger sibling of our flagship wine, JPB Shiraz. Sourced from the family’s vineyard in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, the wine offers elegance and aromatics, a hallmark of Blewitt Springs with depth and intensity from the old vines.