Roxton McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014
Region: McLaren Vale, SA
We released our first Roxton in 2010 which was from the 2008 vintage. The history of the firm began in 1929 as a producer of fortified wines for the Southern whaling fleet, and after three other owners was resurrected by the winemaker Benjamin Parker.
These day the McLaren Vale based consultant Nicholas Bourke and Ben make the wine. I follow the production with great interest and apart from asking it be true to McLaren Vale, promote the idea that the wine be full flavoured and can be drunk younger. Fresh vibrant flavours which have great colour and sing from the glass is one of the defining characters of wines made by Bourke which is of course why we use his remarkable talents.
Yet wines made this way live for a long time so if you have the urge to see what will happen in the cellar have no fear. I also like to compare a well crafted Shiraz such as this with the equivalent from the Barossa Valley as then you will see not only similarities but those hard to define differences which mark the regions settings. At this price the wine is a strong buy.