Walter Clappis has been farming his 32 hectare vineyard organically since 1997, and biodynamically since 2002. This is the first release from the vineyard, the 2005 Shiraz called The Hedonist.
As the name suggests, this spicy, earthy expression of McLaren Shiraz is pure and pleasurable, easily drinkable and highly sophisticated in style. This is not a typical South Australian syrupy textured Shiraz by any means. The wine has beautiful balance without any hidden sweetness, ripe but with exquisite finesse. Aged in a mix of new and old French and American oak to add structure to the gorgeous fruit. Finished with a screw cap to preserve the intense flavors and freshness.
|2006 Vintage: 91 Points - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator: "Ripe and focused, with an open texture to let the pure plum and blackberry fruit shine through a thin veil of fine tannins. It all lingers effortlessly on the finish. #34;
2006 Vintage: 89 Points - Jay Miller, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Shiraz delivers a bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, game, and blueberry. Ripe and tasty on the palate, this a forward Shiraz for enjoying over the next 6 years."