2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Shiraz fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.
95 points - James Halliday