Meadows sounds like such a beautiful place. Disappointing there aren’t that enough meadows at Meadows, although it is a flatter (and attractive) part of the Adelaide Hills.
This Karawatta Dairy Block Shiraz 2019 comes from some of the more bumpy parts too – sourced from a block on the Karrawatta estate vineyard at Meadows in the Adelaide Hills. Spends 18 months in French oak. Only 25% new oak but this has a milk chocolate richness to it – it’s plump and plush in a very modern, ripe Adelaide Hills style. Dark fruit aplenty with dark olive character to it.
That plushness is welcome – it’s a very easy appealing wine. But it makes this a little generic – it could come from just about any cooler clime Shiraz region across multiple countries – and the oak tannins through the finish are distracting. It’s good solid drinking (and will get better as the oak integrates).
Karawatta Dairy Block Shiraz 2019. Best drinking: wait and you will be rewarded for the next decade. 17.5/20, 91/100+. 13.7%, $42. Karrawatta website. Would I buy it? A glass.