2016 MWC (McPherson Wine Co.) Shiraz-Mourvèdre Victoria

SKU #1383830 92 points James Halliday

 It sits on the lighter side of medium-bodied but it's juicy, characterful and terrific to drink. It provokes the words 'there should be more wines like this'. Coffee grounds, licorice, deli meats, black pepper. A general plumminess too, and it's from here the flavour profile takes its sway. Every step of the way it feels and tastes good.  (8/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 This blend from Central Victoria includes Shiraz from cool-climate sites as well as fruit from some warmer vineyards. It comes together in a wine that’s both vibrant and velvety. The bold fruit feels juicy and gentle as it cushions the sanguine, iron-rich briskness of the tannins. It’s smooth and remarkably easy to drink.  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and brooding, with dense blackberry, blueberry and Earl Grey tea flavors in a fragrant and expressive mix. Cedar, eucalyptus and black pepper notes gain momentum on the finish. The firm tannins provide appealing velvety traction. Drink now through 2028. (MW)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Best Buy. Winemaker notes: "Rich, with elegant and supple tannins; this Rhone inspired wine is a lovely blend of cool-climate spicy Shiraz combined with mild climate full-bodied Shiraz finely tempered by the savoury tannins of Mourvedre. This is a bold, modern Australian wine exhibiting aromas and flavours of blackberry and spice. The rich and full palate is complemented by hints of French oak leading to a seamless finish. The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious! There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once. Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could. Thankfully we worked our way through it, and the resulting quality is excellent."


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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2019 | Send Email
Such a delightful discovery. Majority Shiraz with just enough Mourvedre to elevate, this wine is astoundingly elegant. Dense, ripe blackberries and a kiss of cocoa dominate at first, but soft earth and black tea tannins follow quickly behind. Pepper and a refreshing herbal finish keep it consistently interesting, and I found myself wishing I had bought a second bottle.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
This is such a distinctively delicious wine. Not sure how they pack so much flavor into a $14 wine. The wine has plenty of complexity while remaining light on its feet. You’d think a Shiraz / Mourvedre blend would be a big brooding wine. However, I was surprised by the elegance. The wine has plenty of cassis, red and black currant, with the textbook menthol notes. The freshness of fruit along with its elegance make this a highly versatile wine.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
MWC focuses on value wines, and judging by this Shiraz Mourvedre blend ,the effort has more than paid off. Mixed berries, creosote and menthol notes on the nose lead to a supple, forward and brightly fruited palate in this easy to drink red. Subtly spicy barrel notes and hints of dark chocolate present themselves as well, but are secondary to the delicious fruit on full display.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
It's that time of year where I start to drink more and more shiraz/syrah, and the 2016 MWC is the perfect bottle under the $15 dollar price point. Packed with a lot of dark berries, pepper, and leather, I really want to consume this bottle with a really tasty steak from The Hitching Post II. I think I just found my every day Shiraz, and I think you will too when you try this bottle.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
With a light-bodied mouthfeel and fresh, vibrant red fruits, this may not be the Shiraz you expect from Victoria, Australia. This is a fantastic take on how Shiraz can be made into easy-drinking, lighter style wines if put into the right hands. There is a great drive to this wine, with a linear mineral note running down the middle. Crisp and fruity with notes of cranberry and pomegranate, this is a killer deal at $14. Pair this guy with grilled steak or hearty pasta and you've found the perfect Fall dinner wine you can feel comfortable buying by the case-full.
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Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

Victoria