Richard Hamilton The Smuggler McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

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McLaren Vale

You can find world-class Shiraz (aka Syrah) in many top wine regions, but this spicy, berry-packed grape enjoys a star turn in Australia, where it’s made in an extra-bold, turbo-charged style. Some of the richest Shiraz of all hails from the premium McLaren Vale region, which “continues to produce intense, complex, and seriously age worthy wines,” says The Wine Companion. And this historic example comes with a fantastic story …

While running a successful tailoring business in England, Richard Hamilton (aka The Smuggler) had a side enterprise “importing” wine from across the English Channel. In 1837, this passion led him to Australia, where he set up a legitimate winemaking business and founded South Australia’s first commercial vineyard. Today, fifth-generation Dr. Richard Hamilton (The Smuggler’s great-great grandson) leads the family winery, along with talented winemaker Paul Gordon.

Together, Richard and Paul have crafted a Shiraz that The Smuggler definitely would have wanted to get his hands on. Last vintage, it won 93-point ratings from both James Halliday (Australia’s No. 1 critic) and Sam Kim, and the 2016 release is just as impressive. Crafted with estate-grown Shiraz and barrel aged for 18 months, it overflows with luscious blackberry and plum, plus notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate. A perfect match for hearty barbecue, roasted meats, or rich vegetarian casseroles.

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