2012 McLaren Vale Reserve Red Wine
Australia: McLaren Vale
Earlier this month we featured our first wine from Australian winemaker Ben Glaetzer. We became instant fans of this very talented Aussie. When we were offered the final cases of Ben’s Flegenheimer Bros. 2012 McLaren Vale Reserve Red Wine, we instantly jumped at the chance.
Today’s wine is an inky wine with lush layers of flavor that cascade across the palate. On the nose, the wine is very fragrant, exuding lush aromas of dark fruit, dark flowers and hints of spice and earth.
Any fan of Australian red blends will be very pleased with today’s very limited - and very delicious - offering.
Today’s delicious wine is an Aussie favorite of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. They have yet to unveil their review of the 2012, but of the 2010 they said, “93+ Points. Very deep purple-black color with notes of creme de cassis, warm plums and dark chocolate with hints of licorice and fertile loam, the 2010 Reserve Red Wine is very full-bodied and voluptuous in the mouth, offering tons of ripe fruit layers that are supported by a medium to full level of grainy tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes long. Approachable now, it will drink to 2022+.”
Nearly completely opaque, this wine is an inky, almost impossibly dark scarlet at its heart. We see just a hint of a lighter red at the edge of the glass.
Bright and fruity on the nose, with reduced blueberry, blackberry, and plum playing against notes of black pepper, dark chocolate, licorice, and a hint of freshly fallen leaves.
Not for the faint of heart, this wine is bold and powerful on the palate, with deep, concentrated notes of stewed black cherry, plum, and cassis leading the way. Black peppercorn, allspice, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, sweet tobacco, smoked meat, and anise are juxtaposed against the bold fruit notes.
Long and luxurious on the finish, with the plush fruit flavors slowly fading away and leaving just the right amount of acidity and grippy tannins on the edge of the tongue.
A perfectly grilled, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, served alongside rosemary garlic mashed potatoes.
What the Winery Says
- Ben Glaetzer
- 93+ Points - Wine Advocate (Previous Vintage)
- McLaren Vale, Australia
- Fruit Composition
- 85% Shiraz, 15% Petite Sirah
- 16 months in 3+ year old barrels