2003 and 2004 Shiraz are both maturing away in a mixture of
American and French oak and are set to be magnificent wines.
2003 followed up on the exceptional 2002 vintage, while the
2004 vintage saw another year for fantastic colour. It was
also a vintage where flavour ripeness appeared earlier than
usual, allowing the fruit to be picked at slightly lower sugar
levels. This meant the fruit was more in balance in terms
of its sugar, acid, flavour and tannin; and better balance
means a more elegant wine that tends to "make itself".
2002 Shiraz has been bottled, but will not be realeased just
yet. A bit of bottle age is the plan for this superb little
number. But be sure, when it's released it'll knock your socks
Hawkers Gate we have just planted a trial block of Saperavi,
which from others' accounts has the potential to make great
varietal red wines in the spirit of Shiraz. It will be a few
years before a wine is ready however. The future looks bright
for this little-planted variety, which originally comes from
Georgia (think Russia, not Atlanta). It will be very interesting
to see how Saperavi grows in the McLaren Vale climate.