Shingleback 'D Block' McLaren Vale Reserve Shiraz 2011
By Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2011 Shingleback Shiraz 'D Block' Reserve
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from Australia, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Wine Advocate # 211 (Feb 2014)
Drink 2014 - 2023
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 D Block Reserve Shiraz possesses a wonderfully expressive nose of warm blueberries, blackberry coulis and creme de cassis with nuances of dried mint, dark chocolate, cedar and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with a great concentration of black fruit preserves and anise flavors, it has an excellent backbone of firm, grainy tannins, uplifting acidity and a finish with very good persistence. Drink it now to 2023+. Imported by Precept Wine, Seattle, WA
By James Suckling
Shingleback Shiraz McLaren Vale D Block Reserve 2011
Region: South Australia
This has an impenetrable core of black fruit and a wealth of dark spiced chocolate. The palate is deep and powerful, there's a gently savory thread to the finish, dried black fruits run long. Drink now.
By James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
Shingleback 'D Block' Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz
Drink By: 2025
Date Tasted: 18 Jan 2013
Region: McLaren Vale
Ben Edwards - Published on 11 Jul 2013
Impenetrable colour, the bouquet offers an inky melange of essency black fruits, mocha and fruitcake spice; the full-bodied and full-blooded palate is densely structured with charry oak, tannin and fruit; time will see this integrate and fulfil its epic potential.
2011 ‘D Block’ Reserve Shiraz
Vineyard: Davey Estate Vineyard, McLaren Vale
TA: 7.0 g/L
The Davey Estate Vineyard is located in Whites Valley at the southern end of the acclaimed McLaren Vale wine region. Brothers Kym and John Davey planted their vineyard on land that the family has owned since 1959. This site is dedicated to producing high quality, intensely coloured and flavoured grapes, using innovative canopy management and progressive viticultural techniques.
The long drought broke in typical Australian fashion with flooding rains in the eastern states. South Australia’s McLaren Vale was lucky to be spared the worst of the weather. Good winter rainfall refreshed the soil and delayed bud burst. Balanced and attentive hand pruning set up open canopies with the right crop levels for the cooler year that unfolded. Rain events meant that timely decisions and precise application of protective strategies were essential. Clean healthy vineyards allowed us to be patient and let the cool summer and slow true ripening of the grapes work its magic on the flavours and tannins. The first Shiraz was picked on March 12th, just a few days after finishing the whites, and the last Cabernet picked on April 14th. A generally orderly intake at the winery allowed the full expression of the fruit to be captured during fermentation. The result is ripe, fragrant wines with structure and depth.
In a small niche of the Davey Estate Vineyard the soil, climate & Shiraz combine to create something special - the fruit that is ultimately hand crafted to become D Block Reserve Shiraz. Gentle hand working of the skins in small, 5 tonne open fermenters and traditional winemaking practices protect & nurture the unique qualities of the terroir. Very fine grained French & American oak hogsheads are used to allow a long, slow maturation of the wine & subtle oak integration. A combination of new & 1 - 3 year old barrels, crafted by select coopers to our requirements, are used to create nuances & diversity of flavour. When maturation & oak integration are perfect, individual barrels are selected & blended to create the fruit power, complexity & harmonious balance that is Shingleback D Block Reserve Shiraz.
Deep black cherry red. Lifted primary aromas of ripe blackberry and dark cherry are enhanced by hints of milk chocolate and summer herbs. The full bodied palate overflows with dark berry fruit, with nuances of Dutch licorice, bay leaf and a wet slate minerality. A perfectly balanced and seamlessly integrated wine that expresses the essence of the vine, the time, the place and the harsh, black cracking clay over limestone soils that make up this unique corner of the Davey Estate Vineyard.
Double Gold Medal
-2013 China Wine & Spirit Awards, Hong Kong
-2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 30
-2013 International Wine Challenge, Vienna
-2014 International Wine Challenge, UK
-2013 International Wine Challenge, UK
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