Tasting Notes - Margarete's Shiraz

MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - Langhorne Creek

A full bodied, dry red displaying exceptional rich intense chocolate and mint characters.2014 Margaretes Shiraz
First release 1995 Vintage

2014 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 19
Colour - Very deep rich and intense red
Nose - Very powerful intense chocolate and eucalypt mint with complex French oak lift.
Pallet - A rich full bodied red showing classic Langhorne Creek character of chocolate/mint / plum. While full bodied, the palate is balanced with French oak backing with a soft tannin finish.


2013 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 18
Colour - Very deep rich and intense red
Nose - Very powerful intense chocolate and eucalypt mint with complex French oak lift.
Pallet - A rich full bodied red showing classic Langhorne Creek character of chocolate/mint / plum. While full bodied, the palate is balanced with French oak backing with a soft tannin finish.

2012 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 17
Colour - Very rich and intense red
Nose - Extremely intense and rich chocolate and eucalypt mint showing. Complex French Oak.
Pallet - Big, rich and full bodied with intense dark chocolate overtones. While full bodied, the palate is balanced with a soft tannin finish.

2011 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ
No grapes crushed for the 2011 Margarete’s Shiraz due to the extremely bad weather conditions that occurred during the grape harvest (vintage) - so no wine processed.

2010 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 16
Colour - Very deep rich brick red.
Nose - Very intense youthful chocolate/mint with supporting rich vanillin oak.
Pallet - A rich, medium to full bodied wine with a solid tannin structure. Great length of flavour. Showing typical Langhorne Creek eucalypt and mint with balanced integrated oak.

2009 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 15
Colour - Intense deep crimson red.
Nose - Intense youthful chocolate/mint with supporting rich vanillin oak.
Pallet - A rich medium to full bodied wine with flavours of dark chocolate and pepper spice. Rich, but soft tannin structures support the long flavoursome palate.

2008 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 14
Colour - Rich crimson red with purple hues.
Nose - Powerful chocolate/vanilla with hint of pepper spice.
Pallet - Rich and full bodied. Flavour of dark chocolate with mint and pepper spice.
Very rich tannin structure, however, soft and well balanced. An intense and very flavoursome red wine.

2007 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - NO. 13
Colour - Intense deep red with purple hues.
Nose - Powerful chocolate, mint and spice with supporting vanillin oak.
Palate - Medium to full bodied. Rich with very soft structure of complex fruit flavour, with supporting oak. Very fine tannins which will certainly add to the longevity of this wines cellaring potential of at least 10 years from date of bottling (September 2009).

2006 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ – NO.12
Colour - Deep red with purple hues.
Nose - Intense youthful chocolate/mint with integrated dark fruit/complex oak overtones.
Palate - Medium to full bodied. Vibrant fruit, youthful flavour showing, chocolate and spice. A wine showing exceptional length on palate with supporting fine tannins and oak complexity.
A red certainly enjoyable now and will develop more complexity with bottle age.  

2005 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ – No.11
Colour - Bright intense red with purple hues.
Nose - Very “up front” youthful fruit with complex chocolate overtones   combined with vanillin oak characters.
Palate - A fruit driven style; full bodied with rich dark chocolate/berry/spice flavours. This red at present is very “youthful”, rich and flavoursome. It will certainly benefit from further bottle ageing, say 8-10 years to peak.

2004 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ – No.10
Colour – Intense deep red with purple hues.
Nose – Very intense/youthful rich fruit driven style with complex pepper/spice characters.
Palate – Intense fruit of dark chocolate with vanillin oak. The palate, while youthful, displays very soft berry/spice flavours.
A very rich flavoursome wine that will certainly benefit from further bottle ageing - 10 -12 years to peak.

2003 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ – No.9
Colour – Deep red with some purple hues.
Nose – Great intensity. Fruit driven with complex oak.
Palate – Intense fruit of chocolate with vanillin oak. Shows very complex peppery characters that Shiraz produces in some years. Will benefit from, say 8 years plus bottle aging.

2002 JOHN'S BLEND - MARGARETE'S SHIRAZ - No.8
Deep red with some purple hues. This is a rich, intense Shiraz displaying spice/pepper and complex vanillin oak nose.
The combination of subtle Langhorne Creek and rich McLaren Vale fruit has resulted in a red of excellent palate-weight and structure.
While still youthful, this wine shows the softness and intense flavour resulting from oak maturation. This wine will certainly benefit with further bottle maturation - excess of 10 years to peak.

2001 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ - No.7
Deep red, with purple hues in colour.
Rich berry fruit and complex spice/pepper on nose. The palate, while youthful, displays very soft berry / chocolate flavours.
An intensely rich flavoursome wine that will certainly benefit from further bottle aging. 10 - 15 years to peak.

2000 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ- No.6
Deep red, some purple hues in colour with a rich berry fruit and strong vanillin overtones on the nose. Intense berry / chocolate flavours on the palate. Youthful with very soft tannins. Rich and very drinkable now, but the fine tannins will ensure longevity. 10 - 15 years to peak.

1999 JOHN’S BLEND – MARGARETE’S SHIRAZ - No.5
Colour - Intent and with purples evident.
Nose - Great intensity and berry like aromas. Very much fruit driven.
Palate - This wine shows "youthfulness". However the intensity of fruit gives the wine some "softness". With time further "chocolate" and "pepper characters will evolve.
An extremely rich and intense wine which will benefit from further bottle aging - 8 years plus.