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Michael Shiraz 2016

Michael Shiraz 2016

Michael Shiraz 2016

Overview

Overview

Michael Shiraz is Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s best-of-vintage Shiraz. Named after David Wynn’s young son, the fruit used for this wine comes from the best vineyard sites in Coonawarra and is only made in years when the best quality fruit is available. The wine is a legend of the Australian wine story with good examples of the 1955 Michael offering an outstanding experience.

Varietal Shiraz
Vintage 2016
Country Australia
Region Coonawarra
Volume 750 mL
Enclosure Screw Cap
Alc/Vol 13.8%
Peak Drinking Now - 2035
Winemaker Sue Hodder

Taste Description

Taste Description

Nose

Invitingly floral with lifted red roses and hints of black pepper against a background of pure red berries.

Flavours and Palate

Concentrated, crunchy berry fruit which is brooding yet enticing. Dusty French oak underlines juicy red fruit. As a young wine, we could already appreciate the silky fruit and texture that will develop further with time. These are the hallmarks of the great vintages of Michael Shiraz.

Awards and Accolades

Awards and Accolades

97 points James Halliday
97 points Andrew Caillard MW
95 points Mike Bennie

James halliday

The apex of Wynns' Shiraz releases. Deeply coloured, it is still too young to enjoy, the oak, and the tannins in particular, are very obvious. A mere 5 more years will give you a wine to be enjoyed for the next 30+ years. In the meantime French oak, glorious black fruits and modest alcohol may be too much for some.

Andrew Caillard MW

"Richly concentrated wine with deep set inky, blackberry, blackcurrant fruits, persistent fine loose knit chocolaty, ground coffee textures and underlying savoury vanilla cedar nuances. Finishes graphite firm with long fine chocolaty plume. Generous and supple with lovely density, richness and vigour. Should develop extremely well, Keep and cellar."

Mike Bennie

"Luscious, dense, brooding wine but with building pucker of a fine web of tannins and sense of freshness as the last earthy chomps ebb away. Tannin superb, actually. Rich bouquet, cassis and maraschino leading clove, pepper and cedar, with stone fruits and plum in the mix too. Saturates the palate, delivers a bold shiraz with exceptional balance and flavour. Good, good wine."

Viticulture

Viticulture

Vintage Conditions

A very warm and dry spring led to early flowering, veraison and harvest. The warm November temperatures were ideal for good berry set, necessitating extensive green harvest (thinning) for quality. The grape ripening months of February and March were influenced by a cold water “upwelling” off the coast, but overall, it was a warmer- than-average Coonawarra vintage. We describe our 2016 wines as being at the “fuller” end of our long-term Wynns Coonawarra flavour and style spectrum.