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Hope Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015
Region: McLaren Vale
Shiraz blossoms in the warm South Australian climate and the resulting deep colour, aroma and ripe flavours make it the nation's most popular red variety. The best regularly come from McLaren Vale or the Barossa Valley yet the geography of each has many differences.
One of the annoying things about masked tastings is how hard it is to tell where the wine was made. The low altitude sea-side setting of McLaren Vale surely must make reds distinctively different to those from the inland, elevated basin of the Barossa Valley. Having good examples of each side by side does show the expected differences though it helps to have these pointed out.
Naturally we want a range from each region for sale as playing the tastings games of which one is which and why, is what makes drinking wine endlessly fascinating. As we favour full rich styles no matter from which region this is what you can expect though in the Hope Farm you also get a deep, complex underlying quality, the result of premium grapes and detailed winemaking.