Skillogalee Trevarrick Shiraz 2012
13.5%, Screwcap, $70
On the back of the excellent Riesling and Cabernets comes another classic Skillogalee release. A winery hitting boundaries.
I really appreciate this sort of Clare Shiraz, largely as its what I cut my teeth on. 90s Leasingham reds where once the most represented wine in my cellar (along with Wynns Cabernet), so this feels like coming home.
What I most like is the Clare signature – there’s a distinctive Mint Slice regional nose in a compact form. Palate is deliberately structure driven and really quite moderate compared to the modern, oak sweet, pressed off Shiraz. Indeed there is quite a chew to this, lingering with dark chocolate and real tea leaf tannins.
The oak is still present and the acid a fraction raw, but gee the power and form here is classic, all at just 13.5% alcohol.
Oh and that alcohol is correct too – I’m working on a project at the moment studying alcohol labelling and thus sent a sample of this wine (along with a host of others) off for a lab analysis. 13.5% on the dial it came back at.
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So yes for me. Yes for the cellar too – wines like this actually improve in the cellar. Touch and go for even higher points.
Tasted: October 2014
Score: 18.5/20, 94/100
Would I buy it? Absolutely. Every Australian Shiraz lover needs wines like this in their cellar.
Buy online: Skillogalee website
A Clare Shiraz at sub 14 % alcohol !!!………….oh be still my beating heart. I truly hope this situation is not a transient alignment of some cosmic force that will pass too soon.The high alcohol contents of many Oz reds has been too high for too long totally shrouding the fruit. There appears to be some lower alcohol reds coming out of ……..of all places Heathcote. Long live 13.5% !!!