2020 Run Free by Singlefile Shiraz
VINEYARD & WINEMAKING
Great Southern shiraz typically exhibits a compelling combination of liquorice, spice, pepper, black cherry and plum flavours. It is typically a more elegant, ‘food friendly’ style when compared with the better-known shiraz styles of the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions.
This shiraz was picked and crushed to stainless steel tanks where it underwent a very gentle maceration over a two-week period. The must was then pressed and the wine transferred to oak (a combination of new and second use French oak barriques) for twelve months before preparation for bottling. It was then left to rest for 6 months before release.
The wine is a deep raspberry colour. The aromatics display notes of plum and violet with subtle cool climate spicy undertones with hints of cured meats and savoury notes. The palate is effortlessly smooth and displays black berry fruit characters flowing through to a subtle spicy finish balanced by ripe soft tannins leaving a surprisingly long finish.
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CRITIC REVIEWS OF NOTE
16.75 points, Regan Drew, Vinonotebook, Mar 2019
91 points, Ned Goodwin, Australian Wine Companion, Aug 2018
91 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Real Review, Aug 2018
91 points, Ray Jordan, The West Australian, Jul 2018
90 points, Steve Leszczynski, QWine, Jul 2018
The colour: Black & dark purple hues.
The nose offers deep, ripe aromas of plums, blackberries & black cherries, a big licorice kick, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanillin oak notes. Salty olives in the background too?
The palate delivers rich plummy notes balanced by vibrant blackberry acidity, with some surprising briny & olive tapenade feels, and Dutch licorice tang.
Complex if you’re looking for it, ripe, tangy & satisfying if that’s your jam.