Very dark red, almost black at the centre, garnet at the rim.
Fragrant complex nose, with dark fruits (black cherries, blackberries and dark plums), dark chocolate and smoky/cedary oak; integrated and complete. Core of firm palate, dark fruit flavours supported by integrated oak and fine tannins. Medium to full-bodied, with a long dry finish that carries its 14.5% alcohol with ease.
Now entering its optimum drinking period, this wine is elegant and classy. The primary fruit flavours of youth have given way to the more complex aromas and tastes of maturity. From an excellent Clare Valley vintage, the wine combines both richness and refinement. You can drink it now or allow it to develop further for up to five years at least.
REGAN DREW - VINO NOTEBOOK
This is still almost indomitable, only just beginning to move to garnet edging. Nose of raspberry liqueur, cocoa nibs, dried herbs, worn leather, blueberry muffin and soft cedary oak. The powerful, rippling palate still built on firm tannins with punnets of plums, raspberries and brambles. Nearing peak of maturation: plenty of guts without being crass.
ANTHONY PETERS - WORDS FROM A WINE GLASS
Richness, elegance and integrity pretty much sums up this wine for me.
2006 McNicol Shiraz
Winemakers regularly "fine" red wines using various agents to remove hard tannins. But bottle age remains the greatest fining agent of all for a high quality red like McNicol. Released at nine years´age, it reveals the wonderful transformation time brings. Born deep, burly and crimson-rimmed, it´s now a shade lighter in colour and ruby red at the meniscus. Deep, sweet flavours retain remnants of the original fruit, but tinged with the earthy characters of bottle age. Silk-smooth tannins add to the drinking pleasure of a distinguished , full-bodied but elegant red. Forty-five dollars seems a modest price indeed for a perfectly cellared Clare shiraz of this dimension
2003 McNicol Shiraz
Developed red colour, entirely appropriate; has thrived during the 8 years since vintage, with abundant blackberry and licorice fruit, quality oak, and a long, balanced palate that has fused fruit, oak and tannins into a harmonious whole.
Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 95 To 2023
2001 McNicol Shiraz
A little development, but still very fresh; red fruit and a touch of mint, framed by an undercurrent of leather; the palate is soft and approachable, showing the value of time in bottle before release; very fine and even finish.