Origin: Shingleback Wine, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Taste guide: Dry, creamy, tropical and citrus fruit flavours, cashew notes, lightly oaked
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
Shingleback is owned and operated by the dynamic Davey family who first planted grapes in 1990 on land that their grandfather purchased in 1959. It is one of the most awarded family-owned wineries in Australia and they set the wine world alight in 2006 when they won the legendary, and arguably Australia’s top award, the Jimmy Watson Trophy. In the 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion, Shingleback was named as one of the top 10 wineries … out of about 2,000. The Davey’s favour hand-crafted wines using minimalist intervention in both the vineyards and winery as they believe that this gives truer expression and balance.
Shingleback's winery is located in the McLaren Vale, 45 minutes south of Adelaide. It is surrounded by ranges of hills on three sides and bordered to the west by the waters of the Gulf St. Vincent - coincidentally the patron saint of winemakers. The climate in McLaren Vale is similar to the warmer areas of the Mediterranean or the southern Rhône, but the conditions are moderated by sea breezes and ‘gully-winds’ from the surrounding hills, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.
The fruit for this wine was hand-selected and hand-sorted from Shingleback's own sustainable single estates or plots. The fruit was fermented in temperature contolld conditions with the owner John Davey overseeing the winemaking. A small proportion of the cuvée was aged in oak for a period before back blending to produce a lightly oaked final wine.
Light straw with tints of green. Lemon rind, mandarin and honeydew melon primary aromas are entwined with creamy cashew notes. A medium-bodied wine with flavours of peach and lime, a deliciously textured palate and a long, fresh, zesty finish.
This superb vintage was COMMENDED in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2017.
Mainly a restaurant wine but has been seen at retail rices of around £12.
Binendwines' price was £7.95 now just £6.75 for this classy hand-crafted Chardonnay.