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Serafino and Shingleback

by Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on the McLaren Vale.

Serafino Semillon Sauvignon 2006
Lovely pungent nose, with a bit of creamy, rich, skinny and buttery phenolic complexity, then a blast of juicy, clean fruit and good acidity.

Sorrento Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Adelaide hills fruit, lovely gooseberry and grassy character, with plenty of punch and verve. Very nice palate, with passionfruit and gooseberry, little falling off towards the back palate.

Goose Island Chardonnay 2006
In Asda stores as 'McLaren on the Lake Chardonnay'. Nice melon and dry, pear and lemon fruit. Unoaked, clean, pure. Very nice wine.

Serafino Reserve Chardonnay 2005
Subtle buttery, toasty French oak, with a rich leesy character. Two pickings - greener and riper picking . Develops some Bourbon barrel richness, but beautifully clean acid and a crisp finish.

Serafino Sharktooth Chardonnay 2005
Wild ferment. Vegetal, buttery, with a really Burgundian character, and plenty of ripe, full, sweet fruit driving through to an elegantly toasty palate with very good acidity.

Sorrento Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot 2004
Cedary oak quality and a touch of green peppercorn, fine palate, a touch of earthy, gamy quality to rich blackcurrant and plummy fruit, but nice balance and length. Very elegant.

Serafino Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Very beautiful, cedary oak quality, with terrific cassis and spice notes, onto a gamy, ripe, very juicy palate with rich mid-palate mouthfeel and fruit, and a long, spicy finish. Fabulous wine (trophy winner).

Sorrento Grenache 2005
40-year-old terraced vines. Nice bright fruit, cherry flavours and a bit of meatiness emerging on the palate. Tangy and fresh, very drinkable.

Serafino Grenache 2005
A touch more oak, but a pure, mineral tone to bold, juicy fruit. More substance on the palate, with chocolate flavours emerging and nicely balanced, spicy finish.

Serafino Shiraz 2004
Big, ripe blackcurrant and blackberry nose, with a sweet, slightly raisined quality. Palate is quite fresh, with some spice and pepper filling in on the finish. Second oakier bottling, more power and fuller finish.

Serafino Sharktooth Shiraz 2004
Lovely big blackcuranty, ripe, velvety nose, with plenty of oak, but spicy and cedary, with plenty of deep, sinuous fruit. Long, very charming.

Shingleback Chardonnay 2005
Lovely toasty barrel ferment character. Very nice nutty, leesy style. Rich but succulent palate, with racy lemon fruit and some textural, toasty oak in the finish.

Shingleback Shiraz 2001
Quite meaty and savour, with nice tertiary flavours of earthy berry fruit, and still fine, liquoricy tannins with grip on the back palate.

Shingleback Shiraz 2002
Full, dark, plum and liquorice nose, with serious character. Quite full bodied and rich, with a slightly gamy quality coming through and a long, savoury finish.



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