|Wine||Stonyfell “The Baton”|
|Region||Langhorne Creek South Australia|
Wine lovers I am back and obsessing over the wines of the Southern Parts of South Australia. In my hands tonight I have a hot little number from Stonyfell wines. Their premium “Baton” Shiraz Cabernet. We all know by now that 2013 produced some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from my recent memory (2008 and 2010 were also fantastic vintages), but in the regions south of Adelaide, the 2013 Shiraz vintage was nearly just as good! (Not quite up to the levels of 2010 and 2012) but this wine here has a lot of promising attributes for its region and the two varietals it represents.
Colour: Dark Inky Plum
Aroma: Rich dark cherry and plum. Loads of oak characters burst through giving this wine a welcoming depth and rich profile. You’ll start to find dark chocolate and the scent of ripe blueberries.
Palate: Medium/Full bodied. Loads of ripe fruit which is fantastically supported by a dense oak presence which gives this wine the sensation of drinking a liquid form of black forest cake. Although there is some major oak play in this wine, it is amply backed up by a good showing of fruit. Predominately dark cherry and plum. The mid palate pushes into the true Cabernet profile of liquorice balanced up by more fine oak and associated spice. The tannin is soft and this is one very easy drinking blend. The finish is a merry combination of Dark plum and chocolate. (It very nearly reminds me of Langmeil’s 2012 Valley Floor Shiraz.) They weren’t afraid to go hard on the oak in this wine, and it shines on through, lifts up the fruit and adds brilliant weight and balance to this wine.
Personal Thoughts: A superb wine for the price. Definitely worth more than its $25.00 price tag. However, I personally would prefer to approach this wine early on in its life rather than cellar it long-term. This wine drinks fantastically well on its own, but will match up to a beef curry or slow cooked beef cheeks in a way you would not believe! Definitely a wine for those cold winter nights.
Drink: Now to 2022
The SA Wine Guy