2017 has been a slightly crazy year. Buying a house and moving, training for my first marathon, a 4 week overseas trip that was 5 years in planning and a day job that consumed more hours of the night than it normally would….as such, I’ve fallen a little behind and Claymore have since just rolled onto the 2016 vintage
Claymore Wines, Dark Side Of The Moon, Shiraz, Clare Valley, 2015
You can’t be scared of the dark…or of oak. There’s all sorts of dark berries, a little crushed ant and some animalistic lanolin/sheep skin. Studded clove and peppercorn spice prickle the edge of the nose along with the spirit. As expected: full, plush and only just heading into prune territory before all-encompassing tannin washes it away with regional rocky, minerally savoury straps. It’s a brave winery to put forth a wine nudging 15% in these “modern fresh drinking” times, but this manages to hold it together. It’s a lot of wine for the price.
Wine sample courtesy of Claymore Wines