2018 McDonalds Road

$50.00 non member price

95 Points – 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

bottle (s)
  • Colour:

    Dark crimson

  • Nose:

    Lifted dark berry and oak spice

  • Palate:

    Elegantly structured dark plum and blackberry fruit, integrated oak carried by silky tannins and supple acidity

  • Source

    Bimbadgen McDonalds Road Vineyard

  • Vinification

    Fruit crushed into stainless steel fermenter and inoculated with a neutral yeast strain. Regular pump overs for colour and tannin extraction throughout fermentation before being pressed into French oak barriques.

  • Blending

    Select barrels of McDonalds Road Shiraz

  • Aging

    12 months in new and old French Barriques

  • Bottling

    11 July, 2019. 5388 bottles produced

VarietalAlcoholCellaring PotentialHarvest DateOakpHTA
Shiraz14.3%5 - 10 years25th – 28th January 2018 New & Old French3.556.4g/L

2018 was the second consecutive classic vintage in the Hunter Valley, one we believe that will be recalled fondly in years ahead. A vintage typified by warm to hot and dry conditions, most white varieties were harvested by January prior to some record heat days in February. With little threat of rainfall, our Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay were harvested with the intent of expressing vineyard rather than vintage characteristics, resulting in energetic reds with a vitality that will last for a decades.

2021 Halliday Wine Companion Review

Crushed into stainless steel fermenters, neutral yeast. Regular pump overs for colour and tannin extraction before pressed into new and used French barriques, 12 months maturation. Beautifully lifted and expressive aromas. Fine-edged and packed with chocolate-covered plums, licorice strap, ginger, it runs free in the mouth until pursued and brought to ground by savoury tannins.

Jeni Port, Published 01 August 2020