Known for honest, well made wines that deliver a lot of flavour and character from the South Australian workhorse region McLaren Vale. Fox Creek’s top wines are amazing and worthy of a place in any good cellar but I’ve always felt it is their cheaper wines that offer the value and smart buys.
An unusual but successful marriage of Shiraz and Cabernet Franc, in its youth it was juicy, fragrant and dense. In age it now offers more earthy and leather notes with lots of pepper and body. The tannins a quite soft and but the Cab Franc acid has kicked in to add length to the palate. Pair it with steak or rabbit but don’t get too fussy, this is a wine to enjoy for its simplicity. No need to age for any more time, just enjoy it over the next little while.
McLaren Vale – The maritime climate and sandy soils of McLaren Vale make it a great place for growing grapes. Reds in particular excel here. Shiraz of course, but the Spanish varieties Grenache and Tempranillo seem well suited too. The maritime climate helps mitigate some of the heat from the SA summers and the sandy soils mean that phylloxera could not survive and so they have some of the oldest vines in the world.
Shiraz/Syrah – 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.