01 Apr 2013
McLaren Vale at its best, this wine checks all the boxes...
It is easy for us to say this wine has it all, but it is what is in the glass that counts, and this is the style that made Mclaren Vale famous.
The Flegenheimer Bros. Reserve Red 2010
blend is one of those wines that checks all the boxes. It has the killer vintage, eye-catching label, and flavor profile with gorgeous fruit and great acid. It is a joint venture between importer Ben Hammerschlag, who also owns the McLaren Vale vineyards where the fruit was sourced, and highly respected winemaker Ben Glaetzer. When we were presented with this wine a few weeks back we were taken aback by just how good it was. A blend of 60% Shiraz and 40% Petite Sirah that was aged for 22 months in older barrels, this shows the dynamics of a great vintage and the works of a polished winemaker working with exceptional fruit. This is one of those wines that South Australia is famous for, deep darker in color, bursting with voluptuous dark fruit flavors that are nuanced with some chocolate on the edges, that in spite of its size, higher alcohol and fruit intensity, it is impeccably balanced and finishes dry, with some serious palate presence and hang time.
We knew it was pretty special when we tried it and after doing some research we saw that the Wine Advocate, in its just released article on the wines of South Australia, gave this a noteworthy 93+ pt review. If you like them big with deep fruit flavors, but in perfect balance, then this is something definitely worthy of consideration.
Posted by Gregg 00:00:00