A few years ago, whilst travelling in Italy, two mates Mark Venable (that's me) and David Minear decided, when we returned to Australia, to embark on a journey to make our perfect shiraz. It had to come from McLaren Vale in SA. It had to be massive, inky, silky smooth with lingering pepper and spice. An encounter with young gun winemaker Matt Rechner was all the encouragment we needed to forge ahead with our dream. Matt's skills and our vision enabled us to release our first vintage (the 2005) in October 2007. Our 2005 vintage WON (amongst several other awards) a Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Our second WON Bronze. We're over the moon. We describe our wine as "the best of McLaren Vale Shiraz in a bottle".
Our shiraz grapes come from selected vineyards in McLaren Vale in South Australia. Perfect shiraz country. Matt, our winemaker, works with his growers to achieve low yielding concentrated fruit. And it shows in the final product.
Shiraz ... what other grape is there.
2 MATES Shiraz
2008 Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
2009 Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
2009 Silver Medal McLaren Vale Wine Show
94pts / 5 glasses 2010 Halliday Wine Companion
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