A special McLaren Vale Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the excellent 2002 vintage. Originally made for a private client from Fox Creek's own grapes, it was for sale to private customers and not available for normal retail sale. The blend in this wine is 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz was fermented on skins for 8 days and about 10% of the wine saw barrel fermentation during the later stages of the fermentation. The Cabernet Sauvignon components were fermented to dryness, before being transferred to oak. Maturation was in approximately 20% French and 80% American oak, with about 30% of this being new oak.
92 Points - James Halliday
Medium to full-bodied; black fruits interwoven with savoury tannins and a touch of regional chocolate.
94 Points - James Halliday
Good colour; a potent mix of blackcurrant, blackberry and bitter chocolate supported by ripe tannins and controlled oak.
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Fox Creek made no 2003 Reserve Shiraz, so this Short Row is the year's top wine. It's plummy and elegant on the palate, with some red pencil eraser and bread flour accents, and a seeped-tea bite on the finish. Aromas—wheat flour, red fruit, licorice—are pretty, too.