Grape Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Chief Winemaker: Neville Rowe

This label which has recently returned to the wine scene here in New Zealand - is an icon and legend of the Australian wine industry. This celebrated wine producer, formerly known as Chateau Reynella was established in 1838. Recognised as the oldest operating winery in South Australia; founded by John Reynell, a pioneer who planted the first vines in the area over 175 years ago.

 

Today with new ownership, it still stands strong, producing first-class McLaren Vale red wines. With this vintage being guided by the experienced hand of Neville Rowe. Fashioned from small parcels of individual vineyards; open-fermenters are used in their state of the art McLaren Vale winery, and then ‘basket-pressed’ in the 100-year-old press. Matured in a mix of: American and French oak barriques; before a final blending after some 16 months.
Reynella's 2010 ‘Basket Pressed’ Shiraz is a classic style McLaren Vale Shiraz. A benchmark expression of what McLaren Vale red wines aspire.
In the glass you have and exceptional deep magenta core and a rich red hue. The nose is intense, with vibrant luscious McLaren Vale Shiraz qualities, with an incredible purity of primary fruit aromas of dark plums, blueberries, small wild berries with bitter dark chocolate and dried spices, interwoven with silky oak notes which carry through onto the palate.
The palate is defined by intensity and generosity of dark berry fruits, bitter chocolate, firm tannins, lively oak and spice characters which results in a wine with incredible complexity. The balanced use of oak adds a wonderful textural mouth feel and providing a confident structure; while all of these qualities are the foundation for a distinguished and persistent finish. Decant for 45-60 minutes and serve at 17-18°C.

An iconic Shiraz, a foundation wine of the Australian industry.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
This wine is approachable now with good decanting; though it would appreciate and repay another 6-8 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with grilled scotch fillet, Beef-Wellington, well seasoned red meats and rich, earthy meat pasta dishes, enjoy.