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Mr Natural Shines

Posted by Neil McGregor on


From our newsletter in October 2016.  Mr Natural has been a natural ever since:

Our new offering, Mr Natural Shiraz, has been a few years in the making, but is now doing particularly well, both wholesale and cellar door.

It’s unoaked, made from our 1654 clone with no additives or adjustments, apart from a small amount of sulphur (about a third of usual) at bottling to protect it.  While it has a few rough edges as a result, it has lovely round fruit and nicely balanced acid, tannin and spice.  It also has an interesting smokiness that people are attracted to.

Chris Shanahan said in the Canberra Times – “Bottled young and fresh, with no oak maturation, the medium-bodied red shows the lovely ripe-berry and spice character of Canberra shiraz in a soft, juicy drink-now style.”

Nick Bullied MW and Mike Bennie said in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine – “Shows great depth of dark berry fruit on the nose with a black pepper overlay.  The palate’s full bodied yet supple, with exotic spices, and has good length.  Bennie agreed.  “Black cherry, berry compote, anise, sarsaparilla, sniff of cola, and a whiff of clove-like wood,” he said.  “Fleshy textured palate with juicy, generous mouth feel, cool finish, crisp tannins and a light, fine spritz keeping things interesting.”  They gave it 91/100.


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