Airen Imports present an extremely limited offer of the much sought-after 2018 Catkin Shiraz.

This wine is offered for $34.95 per bottle (in 12 bottle cases) and can be purchased here.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Deep violet in colour, the nose is bursting with intensity and a lifted perfume. Red summer berries intertwine with dark cherry and plum, finished with integrated spicy French oak.

Palate: Rich and full flavoured yet elegant, a powerful wine without being excessively weighty. Luscious fruits combine with quality oak giving structure and mouth coating tannins.
This wine will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Vineyards: Catkin is blended from four parcels of wine, each from a unique micro-climatic region of McLaren Vale. The first from Whites Valley producing wines with textural tannins and great flavour depth. The second from McLaren Flat is off the vineyard surrounding the winery, producing elegant lifted wines with fine tannins. The third from Blewitt Springs produces wines with elegant red fruits and hints of menthol. And the last vineyard from Aldinga produces full bodied wines with dark fruits. The resultant blend, is one of exquisite balance, far surpassing the sum of its parts.

The Catkin Story: The Catkin story revolves around the Hazel Tree. The Celts believed the trees that grew around them all held special powers. The Hazel Tree is arguably the quintessential Celtic Tree due to it’s legendary position at the heart or entrance of the Otherworld. This wine is named after the flower of the Hazel. Catkins are the cascading bunches of Hazel flowers seen in late winter signifying the origin of harvest with exploding colour and life.

Region: McLaren Vale

Variety: Shiraz

Harvest Dates: 3rd – 17th March

Bottling Date: 18th October 2019

Release Date: 20th November 2019

Cellaring: Drink 2019 to 2034

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.61

TA: 6.2

Winemaking: De-stemmed into open fermenters as whole berries. Plunged 3 times daily for 12 days, then pressed to finish fermentation and undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel (new & seasoned French oak). Batches kept separate until blending after 16 months.


Wine Orbit 96 Points

Wine Showcase 95 Points

Winestate Magazine 4.5 Stars

James Halliday Wine Companion 2021 92 pts

David Lawrason & John SzaboWine Align, November 2020 90 pts, 4 star Value Rating

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 Double Gold Medal

Korea Wine Challenge 2020 Silver Medal


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