VineMind Clare Valley Shiraz Malbec 2016


VineMind Shiraz Malbec is what you get when you let vines get to 100 years old. Shiraz is dense, rich but not overly heavy. Malbec adds grunt and backbone.

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VineMind Shiraz Malbec is what you get when you let vines get to 100 years old. The Shiraz is dense, rich but not overly heavy. The Malbec adds some grunt and backbone. That means it adds tannins, savoury characters and complexity. Blue and black fruits, meaty, pepper. There are some rugged tannins that are perfectly balanced by the fruit intensity. A wine that is good now, but it’ll be better in 7 – 15 years.

Jen Gardner and Col McBryde are VineMind. Departing from Clare’s stoicism in 2013, they work closely with a small group of grape growers. Vermentino in Watervale, 100-year-old Shiraz vines from a vineyard that rhymes with Maberfeldy. The wines are straight forward, well packaged, and good drinking. The Shiraz is a particular standout.

Clare Valley

One of the great wine regions of Australia. Known for its boney, citric Rieslings that build flesh with bottle age – a classic Australian style. It can also make some lovely Shiraz and Cabernet.


A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker 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.


You are most likely to find Malbec in Argentina rather than its native South West France. A minor player in Bordeaux and the major grape in the underappreciated Cahors. It has long been the star of Argentina. Intense, tannic, dark-fruited wines with nice acidity. Perfect match for a country that consumes a lot of meat. One of the lesser reds of the Bordeaux pantheon due to fickle performance, in Cahors it is the basis for the charmingly rugged Black wine. Also known as Cot and Auxerrois.

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