The Old Faithful Top of the Hill Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2012 $50
A statuesque, cellar-worthy shiraz of density and fleshy texture. Deeply coloured, with dark plum aromas, it’s very full-bodied and loaded with soft tannins wrapped around a core of sweet ripe fruit. Great structure. A generous, immediately likeable wine to drink or age. (Diam; 14.5 per cent alcohol.) Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Drink now to 20 years.
Food idea: Aged hard cheeses, eg. Reggiano.
Stockists: Melbourne Wine Store (Vic.); Glebe Liquor (NSW); www.adelaidewinemakers.com.au/store
Ranked #6 of 127 2012 Shiraz tasted from McLaren Vale
Price Benchmark: $69.76 Avg 95pt 2012 Shiraz tasted from Australia