94 POINTS | Ray Jordan
92 POINTS | Ned Goodwin
Saltram have been producing wines in the Barossa since 1859 and their Mamre Brook Shiraz is one of the iconic wines coming out of the region. This 2017 is a study in powerful Barossa Shiraz. The wine spent 16 months in oak and the plush notes of bright red berries are well balanced by herbal / spice notes. A true showstopper shiraz.
The winery writes "The palate is full to medium bodied, combining fresh plum, cranberries, and mulberries with fine silky tannins and succulent acidity that is balanced, plush and seamless. An intriguing blend of bright sweet fruit, and savoury pulpy tannins."
Ray Jordan writes "A famous name in the history of the Barossa and this was a very good vintage for shiraz. It’s a medium to full-bodied wine sourced from Barossa and the cooler Eden Valleys. It has such beautiful poise resulting in a wonderfully presented palate. Loads of supple mulberry and plummy fruits with a subtle splash of dried herbs and spices. There’s a dusty, slightly chalky character which gives the palate a delightful mouth feel."
Ned Goodwine writes "A lustrous crimson to opaque hue. As dense as the colour alludes. But there is a lightness missing in past years. Less reductive, toned by savvier use of oak. Big company wine, sure, but seductive despite it all. Violet scents sashay to anise, crushed clove and cocoa. Dark plum and blue fruit notes stain the palate. The finish long, gently peppery and uninterrupted by oak tannins which, while apparent, are buried. It has been a while between drinks as good as this under this banner. Bravo."