James Halliday 97 pts

2016 M53 Shiraz

$180.00

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A brand in its truest form is simply a way for a farmer to mark and own the fruits of their labour, and our ancestors have long been making a mark on the Taranga property. M53 branded the finest Taranga herd back in 1880 and now, more than 135 years later, it marks Taranga’s finest wine.

TASTING NOTE

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AROMA
Blackberry jam with cream on toast, quince, smoky bacon, mulberry, tar, dark chocolate, pepper spice. Incredibly densely packed aroma. Layers and layers.
PALATE
Super textured, creamy mouthfeel. Flows like silk. All the black fruits, sweet spice, cherry cola, rum & raisin chocolate, a touch of char. Long lingering fine tannins. Full flavoured and deliciously satisfying.
WINE & VINTAGE

The 2016 vintage was a low-cropping one, and this resulted in exceptional intensity of flavour, and a spectacular follow up to the Halliday 97 pointed 2014 vintage M53
release.

HISTORY

M53 is the original horse and cattle brand used by our ancestors on the ‘Taranga’ property in the 1880’s. Back then it marked our finest herd, now it marks our finest wine.
Released only in exceptional vintages, the M53 is a rare beast and made in tiny volumes. The inaugural 2010 release was given a wow and 96 points from James Halliday.

WINE MAKER
Corrina Wright
SMALL BATCH PRODUCTION
2 French Hogsheads 100% new.

WHAT THE WRITERS HAVE TO SAY

James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

“Only made in exceptional years, this the second release (‘10). Prefermentation maceration is one of the keys to a beautifully cadenced wine, almost polished so supple is the fruit
and tannin profile. There’s no sense of
alcohol intrusion, seemingly less than 14.5%. The French oak has paid its way many times over.”

97 points (2014)
Toni Paterson MW

A full-flavoured, full-bodied wine with good composure. Generous dried cherry, plum and blackberry flavours. The palate has an open nature with red plum flavours and savoury oak accents. It finishes with warm red fruits plus some vanilla bean and chocolate accents. Good energy and richness

93 points (2014)