Ulithorne Paternus Cabernet Shiraz

The cabernet shiraz blend is the recipe behind some of McLaren Vale’s greatest hits, yet sadly very few in the region maintain the style among their flagships. Ulithorne is a bold exception, and the great 2010 vintage has made for one of the greatest wines ever to emerge from this label. Low yielding cabernet takes the lead (70%), contributing great varietal definition of lifted violet perfume, capsicum, blackcurrant, cedar and tobacco, supported by the liquorice, black plum and mixed spice of shiraz. Structure is brilliantly composed, firm yet fine, lacing fruit and tannin together seamlessly. More, please! $39 at Wine Emporium.