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.