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Mea Culpa Yarra Valley Shiraz

9.43 ratings
9.41 pro ratings
Yarra Valley, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
Shiraz
Beef, Venison, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Lamb, Pasta, Potato, Mushrooms, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Very Northern Rhone in style. Often read descriptions saying Bacon notes but rarely get it - definitely shows here along with some spice and pepper. 100% whole bunch wild yeast Fermentation. Medium intensity - savoury with soft black fruits. Does Steve Flamsteed ever make a bad wine - another great effort.

Very Northern Rhone in style. Often read descriptions saying Bacon notes but rarely get it - definitely shows here along with some spice and pepper. 100% whole bunch wild yeast Fermentation. Medium intensity - savoury with soft black fruits. Does Steve Flamsteed ever make a bad wine - another great effort.

Oct 31st, 2018
Jeffrey Woo

Deep garnet (almost ruby) hue with medium-high saturation. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry, chocolate, coffee, cream, licorice, mint, pepper, sage, smoke, tar, and vanilla. Medium-full body; medium-plus tannins; and medium-plus acidity. A complex and ever-evolving nose; a smooth yet chewy mouthfeel; and a silky, spicy finish. Not a typical full-bodied Australian Shiraz; the "Red Dog" Syrah clone gives added balance, elegance, and aromatics. Biodynamic. Outstanding QPR (on sale at K&L).

Deep garnet (almost ruby) hue with medium-high saturation. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry, chocolate, coffee, cream, licorice, mint, pepper, sage, smoke, tar, and vanilla. Medium-full body; medium-plus tannins; and medium-plus acidity. A complex and ever-evolving nose; a smooth yet chewy mouthfeel; and a silky, spicy finish. Not a typical full-bodied Australian Shiraz; the "Red Dog" Syrah clone gives added balance, elegance, and aromatics. Biodynamic. Outstanding QPR (on sale at K&L).

Jun 20th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Very primary on nose and palate being a 2014. Aromatic peppery spicy aromas- apparently 100% whole bunch which is becoming a trend for progressive winemakers. Sweet spicy peppery and plummy on the palate. Love this style of Shiraz more than the SA blockbusters but there is a place for both. Winner of the Trophy for Best Shiraz in 2015 at the Melbourne Wine Show.

Very primary on nose and palate being a 2014. Aromatic peppery spicy aromas- apparently 100% whole bunch which is becoming a trend for progressive winemakers. Sweet spicy peppery and plummy on the palate. Love this style of Shiraz more than the SA blockbusters but there is a place for both. Winner of the Trophy for Best Shiraz in 2015 at the Melbourne Wine Show.

Dec 4th, 2016