1998 Fox Creek "J.S.M." Shiraz-Cabernet Franc McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1048632 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Readers looking for super-intense, ripe wines will be thrilled with the 1998 Shiraz/Cabernet JSM (2,500 cases). A blend of 61% Shiraz, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is loaded. Opaque purple-colored, with a sumptuous nose of black fruits and spicy new oak, it is explosive on the palate. With an unctuous texture, a full-bodied personality, and intense black cherry/cassis flavors, this is a sensationally layered effort with a 45-second finish. This kind of wine can only be produced in selected areas of California and Australia. It is the antithesis of the polite, restrained, austere style of Bordeaux for which France is so famous. Look for it to drink well young, yet last for 15-20 years.  (2/2000)

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

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McLaren Vale