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DogRidge MVP Shiraz 2014

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaDogRidge’s sustainably farmed vineyards are home to some of the oldest vines in McLaren Vale, with 60+ year old Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon growing on their McLaren Flat site. MVP is their Most Valuable Player, and the pinnacle tier of the winery. This Shiraz comes off their Digs Vineyard, Block DV4, planted in 1941 on sandy loams over limestone. With 10% whole bunch, this was native fermented with extended skin contact and spent 6 months in new French oak before being racked to older barrels. It remains in wood for around 2 years prior to bottling. This is a dense and compact Shiraz, with dried violets, dried blue and black fruits flooding a full palate, one kissed with subtle smoke and light cracked pepper, and framed by sticky tannins to a gently warming kirsch finish. There is a swell of freshness to counter the weight here, thankfully, and this near-decade old wine is drinking beauty right now.Tasted: 07 July 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: DogRidge Wine CompanyDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah