JH97 Comes solely from a single 1.8ha block, wild yeast-open fermented with 25% whole bunches, 75% destemmed and mechanically sorted fruit, matured in French oak (35% new) for 15 months. Rich, complex and mildly tannic, its balance assuring those tannins will settle down and thereafter serve to assure development of the wine. (James Halliday)
WA96 I was thoroughly impressed by the opulent and layered texture of the 2016 Ironheart Shiraz, a wine that in previous vintages has sometimes seemed more about structure than pleasure. It starts off with scents of cedar, menthol, plums and baking spices, then eases into a full-bodied, plush, velvety palate that delivers waves of ripe black cherries. Deep and long, it’s a terrific example of McLaren Vale Shiraz that should drink well for 10-15 years.
Estate Notes: The name Ironheart speaks to the reddish ironstone gravel soil and represents the most eloquent expression of Shiraz from our unique Estate. This wine aspires to be a power house yet showcases perfume and an elegant side to its dense sanguine character and tannin-built structure.