2010 The Blind Tiger Single Vineyard Shiraz
Scarce Earth McLaren Vale
The Story Behind The Name
This vineyard (depicted front) was planted in the 1920s. A time of speakeasy clubs like The Blind Tiger that thrived during prohibition. Thankfully those times have past but other legacies, like this vineyard, remain.
The nose is generous with rich, dark fruits especially plums mulberries, soot and dark olive. There is a more subtle second layer of root vegetables and a lifted aniseed character which provides an interesting note to the powerful fruit.
Opulent plum and mulberry characteristics initially dominate the palate. Then the wine evolves with roasted beetroot, fennel and floral notes appearing. This wine is incredibly juicy and very long lasting. A real old vine concentration of soot, soil and dark olive comes through in this wine.
This wine strikes a rare balance of power, complexity and finesse with impressive structure that will reward those with patience to cellar it.
Altitude: 150m above sea level
Size (area) 2.4 hectares
Soil: Deep sand over clay
Sub-Region: Blewitt Springs
Age of Vines: 87 years