Inkwell Shiraz 2011 (McLaren Vale, SA)
14.6%, Screwcap, $35
Wild fermented, low yielding, weighty Shiraz from one of the restless minds of McLaren Vale (Dudley Brown).
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Regardless, this is almost overbearing in the intensity of plum and licorice fruit, with blackness on nose and palate, finishing warm tight and, well, black. This is not a simple wine though, with a hint of mint to remind that this still came from a cool summer, all topped off with fine tannins and a hard-to-pin down level of detail that suggests real quality fruit.
Admirable concentration and more than just fruit, this is next-level Vale Shiraz if just a little uncompromising in its seriousness.
Score: 17.8/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? Only for the cellar. A little challenging to drink now.
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