Giant Squid Ink 2012
McLaren Vale III Associates. McLaren Vale. South Australia.
100 % Shiraz
Verdens bedste rødvin!
Giant Squid Ink 2012 er belønnet med ‘Special Trophy for Best Red Wine of the Year’ ved det største officielt anerkendte vinshow i verden, AWC i Wien. Her konkurrerer 11.500 vine om den prestigefyldte titel inkl. vine som Penfolds Grange og Europas topvine. AWC er den førende vin konkurrence, idet bedømmelse af vinene foregår af dommere, der befinder sig i individuelle bokse. Herved sikrer man, at dommerne ikke påvirker hinandens vurdering. Giant Squid Ink 2010 vandt samme konkurrence, hvilket vidner om et konsistent højt niveau.
Hør winemaker Campbell Greers beskrivelse af Giant Squid Ink samt æren ved at få sin vin kåret som verdens bedste vin: http://mclarenvaleiiiassociates.com.au/tasting-notes-giant-squid-ink-2012
Giant Squid Ink 2012 vandt ligeledes guld i det prestigefyldte magasin Decanter i 2016, samt i et hav af andre konkurrencer.
With the same rarity as the sightings of the giant squid of the ocean, to taste our Giant Squid Ink Shiraz is the opportunity of a lifetime…
(Campbell Greer, III Associates)
4.6 på vivino.com
Noter fra vinmageren
Inky purple crimson colour.
The nose is rich and complex with a delightful concentration of all elements. The busy glass delivers great fruit intensity with some intriguing savoury, Tobacco and cedar oak characters shining through.
Layer upon layer of flavour profiles tantalise the palate. An abundance of dark berry fruits and cocoa are left embedded in the oak and supported by the beautifully weighted ripe, succulent, silky tannins, creating a seamless finish.
The 2012 season produced intense fruit, which translated to a rich concentrated Shiraz wine. The wine has all the attributes of a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz and will reward those who wish to cellar it. This wine, like life, is wonderful in youth, learned through personal growth and a good balance in all aspects of life, but with patience and development of the fruit, together with the integration of the finest of oak will also find that seamless balance.
Our Squid Ink vineyard is the epitome of what defines one of the greatest vineyards in Australia where the famous Black Bay of Biscay Clay soil ensures fantastic fruit. Referred to by some local friends as ‘Mayfair’ the use of sustainable viticulture and having true respect for the value of our vineyards and the fruit they create. We site select each parcel we deem to be outstanding and split pick it at harvest separating what we believe to be the most prestigious fruit of the vineyard.
In the winery the Giant Squid Ink Shiraz fruit is treated with utmost respect, ensuring quality from start to finish. With a 3 day cold soak prior to slow fermentation for gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin, the wine is monitored closely. Following fermentation, the wine is then matured in the finest of new French and American oak barrels for 24 months.
Medium term cellaring will benefit, long term cellaring with amaze.
14,5 % Alcohol
Om McLaren Vale III Associates
III Associates Winery ligger næsten helt anonymt på Foggo Road, der er en lille afstikker fra Kangarilla road, der tager dig fra McLaren Vale gennem McLaren Flat til Kangarilla. III Associates er ikke et winery, man ser med det samme, og af selv samme årsag tog det også os nogle måneder, før at det gik op for os, at her lå der altså et sted, der bød på noget helt særligt. Vi læste om stedet i et af de lokale Discover Fleurieu Peninsula blade, og vi besøgte stedet kort tid efter.
McLaren Vale III Associates er et familieejet winery og består af Reg Wymond og Mary og John Greer, samt sønnen og winemaker Campbell Greer. Familien har skotske rødder, og følelsen af at man lige så godt kunne have været i Skotland og smage whisky, var klart til stede. Faderen John Greer, med det markante overskæg og de store tatoveringer ned ad begge arme, er en behagelig og helt nede på jorden skotte, der giver én fornemmelsen af, at man er velkommen og i trykke hænder.
Til trods for stedets nærmest underspillede rolle, bliver der her produceret vine i den absolutte superliga.
Af Winemaker Campbell Greer
“I began working in the vineyard around my schooling at age 15, when to be honest, it was more about making some money. I loved the learning and the physical work, however I was probably a little blind to the value of some of the very respected viticulturists I had a chance to work with and learn from.
At age 18, on completing high school I was employed by one of Australia’s largest wine producers South Corp Wines (later Fosters, now Treasury Wines), where I began to learn the world of wine.
Fortunately, I again had the opportunity to work with some of the best winemakers in the country, although at this point I was more focused and appreciative.
I shot off to California in 2003 to work a vintage, before returning to Fosters entirely convinced that winemaking was going to be my life. Having the full support of my employee and mentors, I enrolled into Oenology (Winemaking) at Adelaide University part time while still working at the winery. I still don’t know how I managed!
After completing University and nearly eight years of corporate winery experience I wanted to see what others were doing on a smaller scale and managed to get a job at a contract facility, where I had exposure to different methods, winemakers and producers while working in the background with our former winemaker Brian Light. Although the family business was my ultimate destination, I really wanted to develop my own style and philosophies, so although I was always involved, I kept my day job elsewhere for that time.
With almost two decades of experience my heart has been firmly in the family winery for a few years now and I don’t plan on going anywhere. I can honestly say I love it! I have control of outstanding world-class fruit, as well as the diversity of everything else that comes with a family business.
I always loved the arts and honestly believe that creativity is truly the best form of self-expression, be it through music, art, making wine or how you operate your business. My winemaking philosophy is, you need to get it right in the vineyard, then understand the science that creates quality wine and then from there you implement creativity to make something unique. All of which aligns with our company vision to ‘Capture the essence of a time and place by consistently striving to create the worlds most memorable and desired wines’.”.
“One of the World’s most diverse regions.”
McLaren Vale is a 12 x 10 mile triangle located on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.
Partially enfolded by an escarpment on the North the Onkaparinga Gorge shadows the valley, then running South West a 400m-altitude range contour line, circumscribes both the eastern and southern boundaries, before meeting the breath taking Great Australian Bight and Indian Ocean. It is this beautiful ocean that also attributes a fundamental part in regulating climate and in turn protecting McLaren Vale vineyards from disease.
With a recognised 19 Districts come 40 different geologies and thousands of microclimates to create one of the world’s most diverse regions.
An environmentally conscious region we practice sustainable viticulture on all our vineyards.
Our McMurtrie Rd vineyard, home to our Squid Ink range is the epitome of what defines one of the greatest vineyards in Australia, where the famous Black Bay of Biscay Clay soil ensures fantastic fruit consistently. Referred to by some local friends, as ‘Mayfair’ the use of sustainable viticulture and having true respect for the value of our vineyards and the fruit they create is a fundamental to our success.
Our Foggo Rd vineyard is home to our cellar door as well as some of our oldest vines including our 80+ year old, 1928 planted Shiraz and 80+ dry grown Grenache.