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September 30, 2017 Beverage No Comments Email Email

IT’S been described by the company itself as its “hero product,” by many top reviewers as McGuigan Wines’ answer to Penfolds’ Grange, and by one writer as Australia’s most super of super-premiums.

The wine is McGuigan’s  2013 The Philosophy Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, just the third release of this label crafted by the extraordinary Neil McGuigan whose winemaking ingenuity seems to have no bounds.

A traditional Claret style, the Cabernet component was sourced from the Seven Hills area 130km north of Adelaide, and the Shiraz from Auburn a little further south.

It’s big on blueberry, cherry and vanilla flavours, together with aromas that are almost wonderfully Grange too – to the delight of those who like to become emotive about the two wines in the same breath.

Full-bodied with velvety tannins, it spent 24 months in new and 12 months old French oak before bottling, then two years in a temperature controlled warehouse to develop further.

Which all makes for it’s $150 a bottle price tag. And for an appropriate food match, think crackly pork-belly and potato mash, the tannin from the wine’s cabernet component balancing the fat in the pork beautifully.

ONE TO NOTE:  WHILE captivated by many of the different wine varieties they tasted on a visit to the Rioja region of Spain back in the early 2000s, Aussie winemakers Tim Adams and Brett Schutz fell absolutely in love with Tempranillo.

And so much so that immediately on getting back to Australia they got straight into the search of their Tim Adams Wines’ vineyards in the Clare Valley for the most appropriate site and soil in which to grow Tempranillo, while also going on the hunt for the right clones to plant there.

Ultimately they planted 6.5ha of Tempranillo on the Tim Adams’ Ladera Vineyard in Clare in 2004, and have not looked back since. If you want to know what the best of Tempranillo is all about, buy a bottle of this one: it’s a cracker blend of select barrels that bring together the flavours of strawberries and cherries, and in wonderful harmony with a clove and cinnamon spice input from 18 months in new and second-hand French oak.

Pay $35 to enjoy with Spanish tapas with chorizo sausage, lasagne, pizzas, tacos, nachos and burritos, all with hearty tomato-based sauces – or good ol’ Aussie pork and lamb dishes.

JUST this wine’s third release, and worth every cent of $150 to match marvellously with crackly pork-belly and potato mash.

CRACKER blend that’s the best of what Tempranillo is all about with tapas, lasagnes, pizzas, tacos and good ol’ Aussie pork and lamb.

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Written by David Ellis

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