Nicholas Bourke Returns
Exceptional McLaren Vale
Hope Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013
Wine is about exceptions but I find myself drinking more and more one and two year old reds. The reason is to enjoy the beauty of the lively, primary fruit flavours before they alter. Hope Farm was the name the McLaren Vale pioneer George Pitches Manning gave in May, 1850, to his plot of land, which 100 years later was renamed Seaview and more recently became Rosemount. McLaren Vale is situated at the unusual junction of a cold, southern ocean and a warm to hot hinterland with these climate-weather forces separated by the modifying Mount Lofty range at just the right height. That's what gives wines like this Hope Farm its appealing flavours. Fortunate are wine drinkers who can find world class McLaren Vale reds for under $10. Our winemaker likes to express the full flavours of the freshly bottled wine and would find it quite appropriate to drink the Hope Farm at this early age.