Wine Code Breaker #322

2017 Gemtree Uncut Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia

Obi-Wan Kenobi known, as old Ben, watched over the young Luke Skywalker and then guided him in the use of the Force. As old Ben explained to the young Luke, “the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” What is not well know is that old Ben guided Luke in the use of the Force over bottles of McLaren Vale Shiraz. For us, we are fortunate that one of old Ben’s lessons as survived a transit from a galaxy far far away.

Luke, use the Force and feel the label for it is the 2017 Gemtree Uncut Shiraz from McLaren Vale in South Australia. Remember, only a Sith deals in absolutes Luke, for the colour is a deep purple with reds and blacks. The truth is often what you make of it, so be careful to note that this has salty plums and spices. The aromas are gloriously delightful with a sprinkling of oak. The palate will remind you of who is the more foolish; the fool or the fool who follows him? It soars and sings with plums, dark fruits with the Force revealing a ripeness and juiciness that is balanced beyond its years. Skill is the child of patience as you note touches of chocolate, mocha and spices. The tannins are velvety and attractively defined by its acidity. Remember…the Force will be with you. Always Luke, and this one too with its long and persistent finish.

May the Force be with you, this coming Stars Wars day. May the fourth it is.


Rating93 pts
DrinkNow; 3-10 yrs
TastedApr 2020

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