Truly representative of the Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale terroir, ‘Cracking Black’ pays homage to the Bay of Biscay soils which contribute much in the way of elegance and finesse to the mighty Shiraz wines of the region.
Planted in 1991 and added to the Penny’s Hill estate vineyard group in 1993, Malpas Road is named after the pioneering Malpas family who held lands in what was originally referred to as ‘Bay of Biscay’. This is an obvious reference to the relatively infertile cracking, grey-black soil upon which our hand-tended Shiraz patch does its work.
Dark cherry red. Satsuma plum and red berry fruits layered with anise, mocha and dark chocolate on the nose. Generous red berry and plum fruits persist, balanced by subtle oak and sweet spice. This well-structured wine is supported by fine long tannins and exceptional fruit weight, making it unmistakably McLaren Vale, more so Penny’s Hill.