Houdini McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
“A pretty shiraz with red as much as blackberries and both licorice and creamy vanillin helping to usher it along. It’s uncomplicated but it all hums along nicely.” 92/100, Campbell Mattinson
The Houdini is the easy-drinking introductory range for Smidge Wines. Matured in predominantly French oak, this wine has a dark red core with a magenta rim. On the nose, the wine is fresh and playful with a mix of red/black fruits, dark chocolate, licorice, spice and subtle vanilla. Flowing onto the palate, the wine is dark and juicy from start to finish, with plums and cherries. Balanced with fresh acid, spice and chocolate, the palate rolls on evenly with fine tannins and a creamy rounded finish.
This 100% Shiraz comes from a selection of premium blocks across the region of McLaren Vale from the area known as Seaview in the north to Willunga in the south. Vine age ranges from 14 to 45 years old with a mix of both single and double cordon trellis structure. Soil types include dark sand over red clay, red/brown clay/loam mottled with quartz and ironstone and brown loam over limestone.
2018 was warm and dry, although the cool nights were a godsend. With careful irrigation management and canopy retention, the fruit ripened evenly and was machine harvested in pristine condition.
Drink now or cellar for up to 10-12 years.
The Houdini McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 was awarded 90 points in the 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.
Houdini from Smidge Wines is available for sale exclusively direct from the winemaker online or at our Cellar Door.