“The simple truth, this is our best Shiraz. It’s the Everest we try to climb each vintage to showcase McLaren Vale’s icon variety. It’s our Most Valued Shiraz Player. MVP’s are identified in youth and carefully nurtured. They show really promise and are given intense, individual tuition and the best environment to show their brilliance. They can be a bit awkward when young and occasionally intemperate but they soon fill out and grow into their skins and learn to control youthful emotions. Then you see the honed body, the slick and graceful movements and the effortless, silken power of a true star; McLaren Vale Shiraz.“ (Most Valuable Player Shiraz 2012 -back label)
The last wine from DogRidge portfolio I’ve tasted, and the best one. This Shiraz is really outstanding! I loved everything about it – its sexy colour, seductive aroma and extraordinary palate. Beyond doubt it is well worthwhile trying!
Most Valuable Player Shiraz 2012 has a sexy, deep ruby colour with purple edge. The bouquet is intense and rich, over the glass there are notes of sweet dark plums, blackberries, blueberries and black cherries balanced and integrated with oaky aromas with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee grains.
In the mouth the wine is dry and muscular with firm bitterness, lively acidity and solid, round structure. The alcohol, although high, is not warm. Rich consistency, complex fruit flavours (black cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums and dried plums) with strong note of spices. Tannins are perfectly integrated, balanced and silky. The finish is very long and lingering with blueberries and white pepper.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER SHIRAZ 2012 wine details:
Wine – Most Valuable Player
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2012
Grape varieties – Shiraz
Producer – DogRidge (read more)
Winemaker – Fred Wright
Vineyards – Shiraz, McLaren Vale
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; red, dry
Alcohol – 15%
Barrel ageing – nd
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 65$
Tasting date – March 2015, DogRidge, McLaren Vale, South Australia;