This is unmistakenably 100% McLaren Vale Shiraz. This is a big bold shameless Aussie shiraz. Glorious ink staining deep cherry purple hues. The aromas oozing from the glass are classic McLaren Vale The nose is intense, quite complex and has a lot going on. Strong berry and good solid milk chocolate flavours come to the fore and remain there for ages. Hints of tobacco, classic elements of red earthiness, lots of spice follow in what is a full bodied fruit driven red. There is good alcohol here at 14.5%, noticeable but not distracting, plenty of heavy red and black fruit and solid French and American oak working its way through it all. The palate is solid and chewy, well integrated delivering blackberries, spicy plums, cherries and yes of courrse plenty of chocolate. The smoothness coupled with the length of finish makes it delicious drinking now, developing and with the silky tannins to keep delivering for quite a few years yet. It is a very good cooler weather red that demands to be paired with food, good solid wholesome home cooking. I am thinking of a slow cooked beef stew with parmesan dumplings.