The $15 red that scoops pool


A $15 BOT­TLE of McLaren Vale red has swept aside a moun­tain of big guns at this year’s Royal Ade­laide Wine Show, tak­ing out three tro­phies in­clud­ing the cov­eted Max Schu­bert Tro­phy for the most out­stand­ing red wine of the show.

The bar­gain Shin­gle­back 2016 Red Knot Grenache Shi­raz Mourve­dre also col­lected top gongs for the best grenache or grenache blend of the show and the pop­u­lar Mont­gomery Tro­phy for Best Red Wine un­der $20.

The Red Knot 2016 GSM sells for $15 at the Shin­gle­back on­line store and McLaren Vale cel­lar door, and was avail­able on­line only at Dan Mur­phy’s at $12.99 (in a case of six).

The wine’s stun­ning rise to the top of one of Aus­tralia’s most re­spected cap­i­tal city wine shows con­tin­ues a re­mark­able run of suc­cess, hav­ing al­ready won the Ge­orge Mackey Me­mo­rial Per­pet­ual Tro­phy for the best value red at the 2017 Syd­ney Royal Wine Show, as well as the 2017 Royal Queens­land Wine Show’s tro­phy for top grenache or red Rhone va­ri­etal or blend.

The triple crown win for the Davey fam­ily-owned Shin­gle­back win­ery was the high­light of the Royal Ade­laide Wine Shin­gle­back Red Knot 2016 Grenache Shi­raz Mourve­dre $15 (dis­counted to $12.99 at Dan Mur­phy’s) Re­gion: McLaren Vale Two tro­phies in pre­vi­ous cap­i­tal city wine shows and now three highly prized top gongs at the Royal Ade­laide says some­thing about the glory of this sig­na­ture red trio blend from the Vale. Its core is great gob­let vine grenache, with struc­tural sup­port from Davey fam­ily es­tate shi­raz and a smaller pro­por­tion of gold-medal win­ning mourve­dre. The wine oozes at­trac­tive coun­try gar­den fra­grances, then a fresh, crim­son berry salad of flavours, vi­brant as all get out, and juicy in the sip­ping with a fleshy and sticky fin­ish. The point of dif­fer­ence and high­light across the whole tra­jec­tory of this wine is its im­pres­sive pep­pery spice. Bang on trend and amaz­ing value. Show tro­phy an­nounce­ments, lead­ing the way for other South Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers who won 15 of the 25 tro­phies awarded after more than 2700 wines from all over Aus­tralia were judged this week.

Shin­gle­back also scored an­other tro­phy for Best Other Red Blend with its 2016 Lo­cal He­roes Shi­raz Grenache.

One of the keys to the Red Knot GSM’s suc­cess is the ex­tra­or­di­nary fruit from a small block of old bush vine grenache grown by the Maglieri fam­ily just south of McLaren Flat.

“I jeal­ously guard that fruit and how we make it, and it’s crazy that it’s just $15,” said Shin­gle­back owner, viti­cul­tur­ist and se­nior wine­maker John Davey.

“But I want my wines to be on peo­ple’s tables.”

Both shi­raz and grenache va­ri­eties and blends were praised by the Royal Ade­laide Wine Show chair­man of judges, Michael Bra­jkovich MW.

“Grenache and grenache blends were vi­brant, tex­tu­ral and very im­pres­sive,” Mr Davey said.

Other ma­jor win­ners at the show were Western Aus­tralia’s Evans & Tate 2015 Kar­ri­dale Chardon­nay, which was voted best chardon­nay and best white wine of the show.

Yalumba’s 203 The Oc­tavius shi­raz was awarded best shi­raz of the show for the sec­ond year run­ning.

The pres­ti­gious Gramp, Hardy, Hill Smith Prize for Out­stand­ing Wine of Prov- enance, judged for its con­sis­tency over three vin­tages, went to Lin­de­mans Coon­awarra Lime­stone Ridge Shi­raz Caber­net (2015, 2010, 2005).

Tiny Ade­laide Hills pro­ducer Lam­brook won two tro­phies with its Lam­brook 2017 Sau­vi­gnon Blanc for best sau­vi­gnon blanc and the highly re­garded top award for best white wine un­der $20.

PRIZED PICK­INGS: Shin­gle­back vi­gneron John Davey sorts through grapes on his prop­erty.

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