Charlotte Dalton has crafted a brilliant Shiraz. From 33 year old Wendouree clone Shiraz in Balhannah. I think this wine is everything that great Shiraz should be. Densely packed, red fruited with hints of blueberry, white pepper, and violets. But as the wine evolves in the glass you will see some more nuances of darker fruits, chocolate and sweeter spices with mineral and liquorice. Like any great Shiraz it is drinkable now. But the real magic will be watching this wine change over the next 5-20 years. Pair with salumi, roast beef or some mature cheddar.
Small batch, single origin and low intervention is the modus operandi Charlotte Dalton. Charlotte puts her heart and soul into each wine and it is evident when you taste the wines. The bulk of Charlotte’s work is in the Adelaide Hills.
This is a big and varied region that basically stretches from the top of the McLaren Vale all the way to the bottom of the Barossa. This means there is a big scope for climatic conditions. In the central part where its altitude is quite high you can get some of the best sites in the world for Sparkling wine. In the slightly warmer parts of the centre, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme with Riesling, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc worthy of honourable mentions.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.