2015 Eileen Hardy Shiraz
Powerful aromas of dark chocolate, peat, ripe plum and blueberry fruits, coupled with complexing notes of peat, cedar and black olive, providing a bouquet of great interest.
Rich, layered and dense, the palate exhibits waves of flavour and fruit sweetness. Dark chocolate, plums and spice fill the palate, coupled with fine textural tannins and sweet cedary oak influence. A wine with beautiful balance and length of palate, hallmarks of old vine McLaren Shiraz.
The start of the 2015 growing season was highlighted by an elongated period of cool weather leading to some variable fruit flowering and set. The remaining period until harvest was relatively smooth but with small crops and good vine canopies, an early vintage was very likely. This eventuated, and whilst vintage was short and compact, wine quality is very good with richly flavoured wines showing brightness of fruit and a structural balanced palate.