Trophy Best McLaren Vale Wine & Double Gold Medal – Woman Wine & Spirits Awards UK 2020
Gold Medal – Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020
Gold Medal – San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018
Gold Medal – China Wine & Spirit Awards 2019
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"Lioness of McLaren Vale is sourced from Angus and Helen Tuck's vineyard located in the subregion of Bakers Gully. Here mature Shiraz vines populate or perish, in the ironstone pebble laden clay loam, over ancient Kurrajong Formation geology, a silica cemented conglomerate most suited to grow Shiraz.
After hand picking whole bunches of our Lioness of McLaren Vale in mid-March our winemaker Elena Brooks let the whole bunches ferment together in open top fermenters with ambient yeasts and hand plunging for 12 days, before basket pressing into some new (20%) but predominately older French Oak barriques, to the mature for a further 18 months in the same oak, before bottling without fining or filtration to capture the essence of the vineyard. Although ready to drink the Lioness of McLaren Vale will also reward cellaring and decanting."
95/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion 2020 (2018 Vintage)
"Deeply coloured crimson-purple, it is redolent of McLaren Vale with layers of black fruits, choc-mint and ripe tannins, the oak important for texture, not flavour. All up, a thoroughly impressive wine at this price."