Exclusive to Coles Liquor stores: Vintage Cellars, Liquorland & First Choice. A change in livery too, from the 2015 to the 2016.
Vin Vale by Shingleback, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2015
Inky, dark cherry under brighter raspberry, blackberry and blueberry. Sweet toasty oak influence with espies of white pepper. A melange of super smooth berries. Easy drinking with little tannin to trouble the saliva glands. Generous and just pulls short of being a fruit bomb, garnering a little extra in the scores for that.
Vin Vale by Shingleback, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2016
New packaging. A touch more bold. Carries the theme from the 2015 with polished soft black fruits, pencil eraser, cherries and white pepper. Super slick palate with a little more tannin than the 2015, giving some respite from the smooth blackberry, dark raspberry and sweet vanilla, mocha oak. Finishes up a touch short with some bitter, chary influences. Perfectly serviceable with some blackened lamb forequarter chops.
Wine samples courtesy of Shingleback