Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: June 26, 2019 (JS-93)
Vibrant blueberry aromas here. Such a silky and delicious feel to this smooth, mulberry and dark plum-flavored shiraz. The tannins are long and silky and really plush, delivering dark-plum and chocolate flavors deep on the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Amazing intensity, focus and length; Dark chocolate comes through strongly, and the texture is superb.
Open your spice draw and pull out all of your woody spices; cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves… That?s what you can expect with your first smell of The Swinging Malaysian Shiraz. The savoury theme continues on the palate and more so as the wine evolves. Umami flavours are the dominant feature. Eventually the dried porcini notes surrender to a spiced plum or perhaps sour cherry note. A lovely refined palate with an elegant tannin profile that is fine and supple. Certainly a wine more about subtlety and nuance than brooding, boisterous power.
Small batches of grapes are gently crushed and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. Only the best Shiraz blocks from each vintage are selected to be part of the Amazing Sites range.
BEHIND THE NAME
Purchased in an era of free love, this vineyard has also done its fair share of swinging! First planted to shiraz in the 70s, it was grafted to Riesling, but was returned to its origins in 2001. Imported vineyard posts from Malaysia were trialled here but were too weak and had to be replaced.