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2009 Shiraz « The Medhyk «

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The Medhyk

The word ‘Medhyk’ is Cornish for doctor and it is most fitting that the pinnacle of Angove winemaking be connected to and commemorate our founder, a Cornish doctor, Dr. William Thomas Angove.

In 1886, Dr. Angove, with his wife Emma and young family, emigrated to Australia and established a small vineyard and winery at Tea Tree Gully in the Adelaide foothills. Along with many medical practitioners at the time, he was well aware of the therapeutic value of wine for his patients, and it was this factor that drove his interest in grape growing and winemaking.

The winemaking philosophy behind The Medhyk is uncompromising regional quality and character. This begins with exceptional vineyard sites and meticulous fruit selection. The hand-picked fruit is sorted and destemmed into half tonne bins. After fermentation each batch is basket pressed and matured in 100% new French oak barriques for up to 18 months. The barrel selection is rigorous to ensure only the finest barrels make the final blend.

The Medhyk is the flagship wine of the Angove range with releases selling out quickly. A unique benchmark Shiraz that is developing a reputation as a McLaren Vale icon. This exceptional wine displays the purity of variety and region that can only be found in the best grapes sourced from old vines in the acclaimed McLaren Vale region.

 

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2009 Shiraz

Region:

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Vineyard:

The 2009 Medhyk Shiraz is sourced from two vineyards located in the Seaview sub district of McLaren Vale. The fi rst is our very own Warboys vineyard where the various aspects and soils produce distinctive Shiraz. 2009 was the fi rst year of organic and bio-dynamic viticulture within this vineyard and much work was done to renovate the vines, believed to be over 80 years old, to ensure their potential was realised.

One parcel of grapes; from the north east section of old shiraz vines was spur pruned during the winter, a patch with reasonable vigour and subsequently good canopy, the crop set at around 2 tonnes an acre. The soil is loam over limestone and has a gentle slope facing to the south. Handpicked on 12th March at 14 baumé with a pH of 3.50 the grapes were chilled before bringing into the winery. The second parcel from the north west of the vineyard has a steeper south facing slope and the roots are embedded in alluvial sand and loam over a limestone crust. This patch was cane pruned in the winter with the plan of bringing the vine towards an eventual single cordon. Handpicked on the 19th March the grapes had a richer fl avour and were picked at 14.2 baumé with a pH of 3.58 The second vineyard is from a subsection named D’arrys within Paxton’s fantastic Jones Block. Planted in 1961 these old vines are grown onto a single cordon and are farmed biodynamically and run over the edge of the slope into the valley facing east. Picked on 2nd march with a baumé of 14.1 and a pH of 3.48 this vineyard only yielded a measly 1.5 to 2 tonnes per acre.

Winemaking:

Grapes were handpicked from some of Mclaren Vales great vineyards all situated in the prestigious “dress circle” of the vale. These special sites take advantage of the unique properties of this idyllic sea side region. A combination of sandy and loam soils adding complexity to the characters the grapes bring to the blend.

2008 seemed to be a perfect vintage, until unseasonably hot weather came to the region in the last few weeks of ripening. Fortunately small crops and decent canopies meant our vineyards were still able to provide us with delicious lively fruit which ended up as stunning wine. 

The grapes were sorted prior to crushing into ½ tonne fruit bins ensuring only the perfect berries were selected. The must was chilled and kept at 50°C for 5 days before a gentle warming and fermentation using a yeast strain selected for its combination of complexity and reliability. Half way through ferment any unbroken grapes were crushed using the age old method of piégeage. Once the alcoholic fermentation had finished the wine remained on skins under inert gas protection until the wine had extracted complex tannins from the skins and seeds. A small wooden basket press, gently extracted the full power of the wine. Aged in 100% new French oak barrels secondary fermentation was completed prior to a program of racking to clarify the wine. After 2 years in barrel a rigorous selection and blending then took place excluding all but the best examples.

Winemakers' Notes:

Deep, brooding intense purple in colour, the aromas of this wine are typical of the variety and the region. Bitter chocolate and thyme combine with French oak and liquorice to produce a complex and intriguing wine.

The palate is tight and sinuous with unbelievable length and outstanding finish. This wine will cellar well for up to 25 years.

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Shiraz

2010 vintage
Decanter Panel Tasting - May 2014

91 Points

"Dense, concentrated nose; chocolate, pure, strong, exotic new oak.  Intense flavour and concentration without being overwhelmingly thick or concentrated, but nonetheless powerful in structure and powerfully flavoured - classic Shiraz."

2010 vintage
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 2014 Edition

94 Points

"Deep garnet, red; the savoury bouquet reveals black and red fruits, licorice, and a strong mocha oak presence; the medium-bodied palate is supple and shows plenty of complexity and fine-grained tannin texture; whilst the oak is a dominant force the concentration of fruit will go the distance."

2010 vintage
Wine Spectator - Harvey Steiman - 26.02.14

91 Points
"Polished, lithe and focused, offering dark berry, mint and spice flavours on a vibrant structure, lingering with power and refinement.  Drink now through 2018."

2010 vintage
Australia Gourmet Traveller Wine - May 2013

"Deep red with inky hues, aromas of black chocolate and liquorice are followed by pepper spice and sandalwood.  Classic McLaren Vale flavours of heady spice and chocolate on the palate are framed by a firm structure.  Finishes with elegance and length."

2010 vintage
Ballarat Courier - 17.08.13

"Deep, brooding intense purple in colour, the aromas of this wine are typical of the variety and the region.  Bitter chocolate and thyme combine with French oak and liquorice to produce a complex and intriguing wine."

2010 vintage
Newcastle Herald - John Lewis - 24.07.13

5 Stars

"It is deep purple with crimson edges and brings enticing scents of cassis and lavender to the nose.  Lovely plush plum flavour rolls on to the front of the palate and elements of ripe cherry, dark chocolate, mocha coffee and spice meld with savoury oak on the middle palate.  Supple, minty tannins feature at the finish."

2009 vintage
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 2013 Edition

95 Points

"Excellent colour; fermented in half-tonne fermenters over an extended period, basket-pressed, and matured for 18 months in French barriques and puncheons.  A very impressive 2009 wine with black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and cedary French oak all in balance, alcohol contributing."

2009 vintage
Ballarat Courier - 17.11.12

"Wow.  We tasted The Medhyk McLaren Vale Shiraz and it really is one special wine.  Do yourself a favour and get some of this before it is all gone."

2009 vintage
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine - July 2012

"2009 The Medhyk Shiraz is sourced from two vineyards located in the Seaview sub district of McLaren Vale.  The first is the Angove Warboys vineyard where various aspects and soils produce distinctive shiraz.  The second vineyard is from a sub section named D’arrys, within Paxton’s Jones Block.  Planted in 1961, these old vines grow over the edge of a slope inot an east-facing valley and produce amazing flavours.  Deep red with inky hues, aromas of black chocolate and liquorice fill the nose followed by pepper spice and sandalwood.  Forest floor spice and chocolate on the palate are framed by a firm yet elegant structure with an exceptionally long finish."

2009 vintage
Weekend Australian - James Halliday - April 2012

95 Points

"Made using similar techniques, the grapes sourced from the oldest cane-pruned vines (early 1900s) plus new replants, and from the Paxton Vineyard "Jones" Block.  An example of elegance and power, soaring on the finish, balance perfect.  How good will the 2010 be?"

2008 vintage
Daily Examiner - Max Crus - 03.11.12

9.3/10

"How appropriate with two doctors at dinner?  One of 3660 bottles, meaning only 3659 remain so find one and count yourself lucky and extremely rewarded."

2008 vintage
Weekend West Magazine - Ray Jordan - 27.08.11

96/100

“This impressive shiraz marks the entry of Angove into the ultra-premium end of the market - and what an entry! Powerful, with typical McLaren Vale fruit sweetness and concentration cramming the middle palate. It’s velvety smooth, with a complex merging of roasted coffee, licorice, dark plums and spices. A masterful creation from Tony Ingle.”

2008 vintage
Courier Mail - Mike Frost - 10.06.11

94 Points

“It’s from 40 to 60-year-old shiraz vines from McLaren Vale and shows typical blackberry, plum and chocolate characters with a dash of white pepper, finely integrated oak and long, smooth tannins. It’s delicious now but will easily take another seven years or more in bottle.”

2008 vintage
Latte Life Sydney - Andrew Graham - June 2011

“The secret to this wine’s quality is also about attention to detail. Hand-picked (before the 2008 vintage heatwave), hand-sorted, basket-pressed and matured in the finest French oak, this well-crafted drop is made by learned hands with a deft touch. All of which shows in the wine itself. The 2008 Medhyk Shiraz is rich, deeply-flavoured and licoricey, it’s perhaps a fraction oaky but there is no hiding the deep-set quality. This is a serious savoury shiraz built for the cellar - and special birthdays.”

2008 vintage
Luxury Style - July 2011

“The Medhyk is a deep, brooding intense purple in colour, and the aromas of this wine are typical of the variety and the region. Offering bitter chocolate and thyme combined with French oak and liquorice to produce a complex and intriguing wine. The palate is tight and sinuous with unbelievable length and outstanding finish.”

2008 vintage
Mount Barker Courier - Ross Noble - 29.06.11

“Medhyk is Cornish for doctor and the name is a nod to the founder’s belief, even in the 19th century, in the thrapeutic value of red wine. Crimson with purple tints, and aromas of ripe plum and white pepper, it presents flavours of dark chocolate and spice, with lingering smooth tannins in a luscious mouthfeel.”

2008 vintage
Newcastle Herald - John Lewis - 25.05.11

5 Stars

“The 2008 Medhyk is an appropriate 125th anniversary symbol - the first of what will be a continuing series of super-premium reds. It weighs in at 14.5 per cent alcohol and is dense inky purple in the glass. The nose displays powerful scents of cassis and toffee and lush, ripe plum flavour rolls onto the front of the palate. Dark chocolate, malt and fruitcake characters harmonise with nutty oak on the middle palae and smooth dusty tannin comes through at the finish.”

2008 vintage
SA Life - July 2011

“Given licence to create a suitable icon for the 125th Anniversary, winemaker Tony Ingle looked to McLaren Vale for fruit, but chose a wine style detached from the bit, fruity bombs that can emanate from this district. Instead he has kept the acid bright and the mid-palate taut, to show off pleasing savoury notes among its juicy fruits and licorice bite. A broad front palate shows sweet, plump primary fruit, though the flavours are swiftly pulled into check, finishing dark and brooding with rich herbal notes, dusty earth and biting tannins. Outstanding values.”

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2009 vintage - China Wine Challenge 2013, GOLD

2009 Shiraz


Varieties Shiraz
Alcohol 14.5% alc/vol
Total Acidity 6.0 gms/l
Residual Sugar <2 gms/l

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