Scarlet Runner Shiraz bottle image
Scarlet Runner Shiraz bottle image

Scarlet Runner Shiraz 2020

Tasting Notes

Red and dark fruits on the nose, (spot the blueberries, too) along with a whiff of spice. Exactly as we want, this is a middle-weight wine, with fine and persistent tannins, a lick of oak and bags of flavour. A classic fresh McLaren Vale Shiraz. Try with a winter braise, pizza or a rich tomato-based pasta sauce.

I asked Joch to give me his vintage report for 2020 and this is what I got verbatim and straight from the horse’s mouth; ‘Looked like a b$#^%&d of a year; hot and dry and then it rained in late January and early February and a cool change moved in, which continued through to February and March and these conditions finished everything off nicely. There were tiny yields and so in reality 2020 ended up only a b&^%h of a year, not a b$#^%&d.

This is the 13th version of this wine, and in reality, nothing much has changed in the way we make it since the first vintage back in 2008. We pick based on flavour and sugar ripeness and then ferment the grapes traditionally in open vessels, some older oak barrels or some in tanks. We mature the Shiraz in older oak (about 10% new oak barrels) because we want to to showcase classic McLaren Vale characteristics of spice, red fruits and chocolate in a fresh and modern style of Shiraz.

  • Halliday Wine Companion 2024

    Organic certified vineyards manifest as purple fruits, dried nori, lilac, lavender and a swab of tapenade across a belt of well-applied oak, especially in lieu of the value pricing. This is a full-weighted wine of impressive fruit intensity, judicious handling and ample freshness, punching well above its weight with a real whiff of class.

    91 points

  • The Real Review

    Huon Hooke

    Medium-deep red-purple colour with clean and appealingly fragrant aromas of red fruits with an unusual lemony overlay. The wine is medium-full bodied and there is an appealing touch of firmness in the tannin backbone. It's fruit driven and bold, soft enough to be drinking well now, and good value for money.

Technical Details

Picking Date: 24th Feb, 10th, 13th, 17th and 18th March 2020

Alc/Vol: 14.5%

Bottling Date: 6th September 2021