Vinrock Wines work to the pulse of the McLaren Vale focusing on its individual strengths: Grenache, Cabernet and Shiraz.
From the Luca Vineyard, the wines are carefully steered through production by renowned winemaker Michael Fragos, who focuses on crafting wines with a clear sense of place and vintage.
The 2018 vintage was a good one in McLaren Vale, yielding fruit with great colour, good acidity and vibrant flavours. The resulting wines are as good as expected, with the 2018 Vinrock Shiraz showing plush black fruits, plenty of spicy complexity and beautiful tannins, that will support it through mid-term cellaring.
The 2018 vintage in McLaren Vale was extended and dry with moderate late February to March temperatures leading to great colour development, good acidity levels and vibrant flaours. This Shiraz has opulent black fruits, hints of spice and fennel with a long and savoury finish.
The grapes were crushed and then fermented in 5 tonne open fermenters for a total of 8 days. The fermentation temperature was controlled between 23˚ and 27˚C and the cap management was a combination of pump over and hand plunging. After gentle pressing the free run and the pressing fractions were blended together and then following 4 days of settling, the wine was racked to oak for 12 months maturation.
Typical concentrated black fruits, dark berry, plum and spice, with a chocolate edge. Plush and vibrant palate, generous fruit with lovely ripe tannins to match.
Luca Vineyard was established in 1998 by Don Luca, along with sons-in-law Marco Iannetti and Anthony De Pizzol. The Don’s Italian heritage and experience with his father’s vineyard led the way for his involvement in Australia’s agricultural industry. Fastidious viticulture and the great terroir of McLaren Vale means fruit of exceptional quality, and the resultant wines reflect this. The philosophy was, and still is, is to create wines that express purity of variety and regional character.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Gorgeously fruited and richly expressed, the inviting bouquet shows black/blueberry, sweet raspberry, cocoa and toasted nut characters, followed by a succulent palate that is flavoursome and generously textured. It is immediately appealing with excellent fruit intensity backed by velvety tannins
NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW
Opaque purple colour. Aromatics imposing - darkest berries, darkest chocolate and aniseed. Lovely wine. Oak almost imperceptible. Serious and poised to reward time in the glass or the cellar.