2012 Gender McLaren Park Shiraz - 5 Stars from Rob Geddes
2012 Genders McLaren Park Shiraz

2012 Genders McLaren Park Shiraz

Reviews
Five Stars Rob Geddes MW, 2016 Australian Wine Vintages (Vintages 1999 - 2005)
The Story
As always, this wine is vintaged from the tiny 1.1 hectare North Block of the Genders "McLaren Park" vineyard, in the heart of McLaren Vale. I have carried out the wine making and storage in the winery at the vineyard.

I carry out the tiny scale batch fermentations in static fermenters in the traditional way, and the batch may rest in the fermenter for three weeks, sometimes longer. Maturation in mainly French oak was just short of three years.

The McLaren Park vineyard is one of the oldest in McLaren Vale, and has been a vineyard since 1910. I do not release this wine every year, only when I deem the quality exceptional for this particular leaner, savoury style.

The soil is a reddish loam, with excellent moisture retention. The vines are rarely stressed.
The vineyard is quite cool, with the sea only a few kilometers away, and, at the base of the Mt Lofty Ranges, cold air drains down at night. This is reflected in the wine style, which is tighter than many in the district.
The Flavours
The nose shows leather and earth with characters of charcuterie . Swirling will reveal aromas of blueberry and damp earth. After ten minutes dark chocolate aromas appear, and this will then lead to something more opulent inter meshing with herbal notes.

The palate is full in the middle, yet tightly wound, with great length. The aromatics carry through to the mouth, with the same blueberry and earth characters, finishing with chocolate and coffee flavours. This wine will suit dishes of pork, venison, duck, charcruterie or dishes with some spice.
I dare to hope that this wine shows its thirteen rows at their finest.
2009 "Duncan" - Cabernet Sauvignon, 95+++ Philip White
2009 "Duncan" - Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 "Duncan" - McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

Available at the Cellar Door

Reviews
95+++ Philip White
Four Stars Rob Geddes MW, 2016 Australian Wine Vintages
The Story
The 2009 Duncan is my fourth release, following from the 2000, 2002, and the 2006. This is because I only release this wine in outstanding years.

The Duncan block is named in honour of my late brother, Duncan Genders, who planted the vines in the late 1960's, whilst on school holidays at the tender at of 16. The block is only 1.25 hectares and yields around half a tonne to the acre, and is Mclaren Vales oldest commercial Cabernet Sauvignon block. The resultant grapes and wine show an extraordinary fragrance, with a very country style depth.
The Flavours
Just ten minutes from the sea, the vines are cooled by breezes off the Gulf of St Vincent in the morning and late afternoon, then again by gully breezes at night as cool air pours down the shoehorn shaped valley of McLaren Vale from the Adelaide Hills. These conditions are wonderful for the development of colour and aromatics.

With prolonged ageing in barrel and then bottle, the Duncan slowly opens to a sensory window picture of the vines by the little Pedlar Creek, surrounded by century old King Charles oak trees and multi-century old eucalypts.
2008 "Keith" Shiraz Grenache, 92+++ Philip White
2008 "Keith" Shiraz Grenache

2008 "Keith" Shiraz Grenache

***SOLD OUT****

Reviews
92 +++ Philip White
The Story
I spent much of my childhood following the boys around in the winery, and everywhere else, sadly for them. In 1970, when I was ten years old, I was watching Dad, Keith, pumping wine around. I knew that he was making a blend, as he was pumping from two tanks into one. I also knew that he was pumping Shiraz and Grenache together. When I asked "Daddy, why are you pumping Shiraz in with Grenache?", Dad looked at me quite strangely and said "It makes a much better wine". Knowing that over in cellar door we only had a Genders McLaren Park Shiraz and a Genders Dry Red, I asked "Well, if it makes a much better wine, why dont you put "Shiraz Grenache" on the label?". This time Dad looked at me as if I were quite mad and replied "It would never sell!"

I was always perplexed by what I recount above. I clearly remember the taste of those wines. They were vinous, not fruit forward as is the fashion today, more savory than many of today's wines.

If we now fast forward forty years or so...I could see that Keith was on the way out. I wanted to make a wine just like the wine I saw in 1970. I wanted to label it to honour Keith, and I wanted to do it whilst he was still alive.

Meanwhile, while Dad was slipping away, Glen Cowley of Willunga Glass was slowly building me a window, the design of which was to form the centre of the "Keith" label. It was a tricky project and Glen worked at it for twelve months. The day the window arrived, in early 2013, we fitted it. The same day my friend Amanda photographed the window and created the label. I printed the label and took it to Dad in hospital. I said, "There you are Dad, you have having your own label, and, guess what, these days it is fashionable to put "Shiraz Grenache" on the label".
The Flavours
Those wines from the seventies were not fruit bombs, yet...they were not really elegant either. They were certainly rich and savoury. They had great length. They breathed over many hours, and they cellared for decades. This is what I have tried to achieve with the first "Keith" Shiraz Grenache, the 2008.

The colour is brick, not red. The nose, after forty minutes breathing, is dark and brooding then the black jelly beans start to come out. There are aromas of the big black field mushrooms which grow everywhere at McLaren Park. There is black chocolate.

The palate is long bold and powerful with full gravy flavours. One thinks of dishes such as oxtail, a great steak. The full and tight structure of this wine will cut through the texture of fatty dishes, and a crisp but heavily charcuteried and cheesed pizza may do the trick.

Those 1970's flavours linger. Cheers to the 1970's, and to Keith.
2008 Chardonnay
2008 Chardonnay

2008 Chardonnay

No Longer Available

The Flavours
The style of this wine is lighter and more delicate than many Australian Chardonnays. This wine is 12% alcohol, as opposed to the more usual 13 to 14%. The oak treatment is light, using large French Oak for the greater part of the blend, with the inclusion of some wine which was fermented very cold, at the stress limit for wine yeast.

The colour is pale gold, aromas of scotch finger biscuits, slightly under ripe melon and very ripe lemon, quince flowers and golden delicious apple. The palate has flavours of ripe Pink Lady apples and beurre blanc sauce which provides a certain sweet-savoury complexity with lovely length.

The final note is mouth filling, but fresh.
2006 "Duncan" Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 Philip White
2006 "Duncan" Cabernet Sauvignon

2006 "Duncan" Cabernet Sauvignon

No Longer Available

Ratings
90 points Philip White
Five stars Rob Geddes MW
The Story
The 2006 Duncan is my Third release, following from the 2000 and the 2002. This is because I only release this wine in outstanding years. The Duncan block is named in honour of my late brother, Duncan Genders, who planted the vines in the late 1960's. The block is only 1.25 hectares and yields around half a tonne to the acre.
The Flavours
The resultant grapes and wine show an extraordinary fragrance, with a very country style depth. With prolonged ageing in barrel and then bottle, the Duncan slowly opens to a sensory window picture of the vines by the little Pedlars Creek, surrounded by century old King Charles oak trees and multi-century old eucalypts.

Just ten minutes from the sea, the vines are cooled by breezes off the Gulf of St Vincent in the morning and late afternoon, and then again by gully breezes at night, as cool air pours down the shoe horn shaped valley of McLaren Vale from the Adelaide Hills. These conditions are wonderful for the development of colour and aromatics.

I have released the 2006 Duncan in 2012, ready to drink, but with many years ahead of it.
The colour is dusky black with tawny notes. The nose is dusty, inky, fragrant- redolent of blue flowers such as hydrangea with hints of cedar and fine chocolate and wild mint. The palate is dusty, textured, full on the mid palate, with a sleek elegance which marries with dishes of full, but fine flavours, such as osso bucco.

This 2006 Duncan is neither fined nor filtered and should cellar for many years yet. It will be best if well breathed, but if you are in a hurry, I suggest decanting.
I hope you enjoy the wine as much as I have enjoyed growing the grapes and hand making the Duncan.
2005 "McLaren Park" Shiraz - 95+++ Philip White
2005 "McLaren Park" Shiraz

2005 "McLaren Park" Shiraz

No Longer Available

Ratings
Rated as 95+++ points - Philip White - Indaily - April 2013
Five stars Rob Geddes MW
The Story
Grown and made by Diana Genders at the Genders family's "McLaren Park" vineyard and winery which are adjacent to the township of McLaren Vale. The Genders have owned the property since 1948.

The Shiraz grapes for this wine are sourced from the tiny 1.1 hectare North Block. The clone is unknown. The vines are hand pruned to low yield vinification. This is as hands on as the viticulture. Two tonne parcels are fermented separately in small, purpose built static fermenters. The wine was then matured in French oak for thirty months.
The Flavours
The colour is a bright but deep garnet red.The nose displays earth, plum, and fresh mulberries with spicy notes of cinnamon. With breathing some chocolate notes appear, backed up by a little vanilla and cedar and loads of earthy ripe plums.The palate is plum like and warm, with great length and a velvety texture.

This wine will show its best with breathing preferably for one hour either decanted gently or with a little wine removed from the bottle.Food matches which should be marvelous are venison, beef, hare, Peking duck, lamb.At six years old, this Shiraz is my new release. My wines are slow to age and I do not want to interfere with Nature by bringing them on early. The wine after bottling has slumbered in the temperature controlled cellars until now. Enjoy.