The Protocol Shiraz 2018
JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2022 | 95 POINTS
Deep Crimson with purple hues.
Warm & inviting, this wine shows black fruits, mocha oak, cocoa powder and cinnamon & cardamom spice on the nose.
A rich and generous wine full of dark fruits - blackcurrant, sapote and plum, with licoricey and nutmeg spice. Powdery tannins frame the rich fruit and drives the wine through to a full, long finish.
Delicious with dukkha crusted lamb rack with roasted beetroot.
The 2018 vintage will go down as a classic, great all-round year. Some significant rain events in December set up the vineyard with good levels of ground water to see them through ripening. A relatively cool summer has allowed for slow, steady ripening of whites, retaining high levels of natural acidity. The moderate temperatures continued allowing for optimum ripening conditions for reds resulting in wines with elegance, structure and flavour.