Named after a racehorse and from a thoroughbred winery, the 2018 Footbolt Shiraz should gallop out the door. It's just one of those great drinking, come home to kind of wines that offers plenty of happy drinking and even more bang for your buck. 2018 was a very good vintage in the McLaren Vale.
The Footbolt is a consistently great McLaren Vale Shiraz. Generously rich with amazing fruit weight and balanced, chewy tanins. Brimming with ripe red fruits and an underlying layer of subtle oak, as well as a hint of pepper. This wine represents great value, and has a long life ahead of it… If you can resist!
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Joseph Osborn was a successful racehorse owner and Footbolt was the pride of his stable. In 1912 he made the hard decision to sell his horses to purchase the d'Arenberg property.
The nose promises a lot. Red fruits and rich chocolate are abundant, right up front. Some menthol and cedar notes. Red and black jubes. Liquorice allsorts. There’s so much going on in this juicy, medium to full bodied Shiraz. Firm concentrated tannins and a long persistent ﬁnish. A cracking wine, ready to cellar."
89/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, February 2022 (2019 Vintage)
"The flavours are hearty and the texture is soft, and when you combine this with the price then you’re in winning territory. Iodine, scorched plum and tar flavours with dried herb in support. If there’s oak in play here then it’s more about texture than flavour; there’s a semblance of vanilla-toastiness but this wine is more about soft, warm, slightly baked fruit."