Funny story about how I came to try this wine recently in that I had heard the Mayhem & Co. story from a good friend of mine in Los Angeles. Upon making my first return to Australia since my relocation to California in 2013 I arrived at my mothers place and the first thing I saw was a bottle of Mayhem & Co. wine in her cupboard! I was intrigued and learnt that it was a bottle from a dinner party that a guest had brought over and not been opened so I got stuck into it straight away.
In the glass this wine is a very deep cherry red colour with a purple tinge. It has an attractive aroma of ripe, juicy berry fruits with notes of spices, oak, pepper and faint vanilla. It drinks really well with an initial hit of pepper on the front palate that soon meets with juicy dark and red berry fruits as well as hints of various spices. This wine is a near perfect example of how Australian Shiraz, even those from warm climate regions, are not all big fruit bombs that are 14.5%+ alcohol. This particular Shiraz comes in at 13.8%.
This is a very enjoyable wine and I do agree with the winemakers comments that it is best enjoyed the day after opening. I am also highly confident of its ageing potential and wouldn't hesitate to buy a few extra for my own collection for enjoyment at the 8+ year mark.
Mayhem & Co. 2012 McLaren Vale (Small Berries) Shiraz
Price - $42 at Mayhem & Co. Wines
Region - McLaren Vale, South Australia
Final Sip - An exciting wine that I'd not only buy again without hesitation but it also makes me want to try more wines from the Mayhem & Co. line-up!