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The Wara Manta Reserve is an internationally awarded range with gold. silver and bronze medals - it is the best of the best. This super premium range is only produced in years when our winemaker, Brian Light, sources fruit so outstanding it demands special treatment and extra time to develop in choice oak. This Reserve range is produced in limited quantities and should be purchased whenever it is found because it is not uncommon for a vintage to sell out in less time than it took to make.
2006 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 14.5% Alc
This limited release Shiraz was made from the excellent fruit of the 2006 season in McLaren Vale.
The 2006 Shiraz spent 18 months maturing in fine grained American Oak. Our winemaker used 20 per cent new oak barrels (medium toast) and nurtured the balance in one and two-year-old oak.
This Wara Manta Reserve displays floral and bright berry notes, complemented by vanilla and spice oak characters. The palate is medium to full bodied leading to a clean, balanced tannin finish.
You can drink this wine now or enjoy its development with careful bottle ageing for at least eight years. Savour on its own, or match with full rich dishes such as rare roast beef, venison, and roast duck.
We are so proud of this wine we have numbered each bottle individually.
2002 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 13.5% Alc
The cool growing season was kind to the sixty year old vines, yielding intense varietal fruit for our wine maker, Brian Light, to work with.
The 2002 Shiraz was run off and pressed at 2°Baume and 30% of the blend was transferred to finish fermentation in new French Oak hogheads. The balance of the wine was transferred to one and two year old American Oak barriques in late June. The blend was assembled in September 2003 when all barrels were assessed to ensure all wine was of the highest standard.
Due to the cool 2002 growing season, the wine shows intense varietal fruit with ripe berry and spice notes, complemented by vanilla and spice oak characters. The palate is medium bodied with berry and spice flavours leading to a clean, balanced tannin finish.
Bottle ageing for at least three to six years will enhance this wine. Only 350 cases of this wine were produced, with each bottle labelled uniquely, from 1 to 4,200. If you can find this wine still available, make sure you keep some for that special occasion.
2001 Shiraz, Langhorne Creek - McLaren Vale, South Australia, 13.5% Alc
This wine is only produced in years when superb fruit is sourced.
During maturation, this award-winning wine was nurtured in a combination of new and two year old American Oak.
Displays ripe berry and spice notes, complemented by vanilla oak Characters.
The palate is medium bodied, leading to a clean, balanced tannin finish.
Bottle ageing recommended for at least six years.