The stated alcohol has dropped a little from the 2015 release, but Clare Valley can still produce high ABV wines and maintain balance. Maturation in 20% new French and 80% old French and American oak.
Claymore Wines, Dark Side Of The Moon, Shiraz, Clare Valley, 2016
Unashamedly dark and brooding. Blood plums, tar, bluestone, blackberry and velvet. Broad, powerful palate lorded over by deep black fruits and muscular tannins (almost exhausting in the wines’ youth). The oak provides some cedary and vanilla nuances to smooth the edges a touch. Will be potent in many years to come. Needs plenty of air-time if consuming in youth, else save for at least 5 years. Served with your favourite charcoal grilled beast.
Wine sample courtesy of Claymore Wines