This label has become a firm favourite and probably no longer qualifies for the 'Dark Horse' name. The previous 5 vintages have been highly accoladed and we'd be surprised if this one isn't as well.
The Three Dark Horses label was created when Matt Broomhead a former winemaker at Coriole, was presented with a unique opportunity to make wine from Bruno Romano’s old vineyard in the Seaview sub-region of McLaren Vale. It was an offer that he could not refuse. Discussing the opportunity over a few cheeky wines, he teamed up with his father Alan and grandfather Frank and Three Dark Horses was born. In 2017 they purchased the Schuller vineyard, 22 acres in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale planted in both Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Varietal aromas of dark berries and vanilla, with musk, spice and chocolate playing a supporting role. Flavours of plum, blackberry conserve and coco powder. Some spice and a touch of earth. Soft and plush in the middle, with gentle but persistent tannin giving a long finish. The quintessential McLaren Vale Shiraz."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Opulent and generous, it's gorgeously perfumed on the nose showing dark fruit richness with dark chocolate, cedar, anise and violet aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that's dense and wonderfully textured. It's plush and persistent with layers of delicious flavours. At its best: now to 2031."
93/100 Dan Murphy's Wine Panel (2019 Vintage)
"Gorgeous, supple, dark purple, fully ripened fruit. So succulent it will dribble down your chin. Wonderful depth of plummy, boysenberry laden fruit flavours. Not complicated, just a very attractive glass of wine. It gets an extra point for value."