Cellaring Guide

The McLeish Estate collection can be enjoyed young, but will also reward patience. The McLeish Semillon and Shiraz in our opinion is either best in its youth, with vibrant primary fruit characters (within 24 months of release) or left to develop in the cellar for 7 – 10+ years.

The key tip for cellaring is to avoid light and temperature fluctuations in your cellar space and ensure the wine is kept cool (not above 20 degrees).

When considering what wines to cellar, in our opinion it is best to use the analogy that a wine is like a vintage car, it had to be built well from the start to be able to drink well as an older wine. Cellaring recommendations based on vintages have been created to enable you to decide on what wines are best for you to cellar.

2007 Excellent, dry growing season, exceptional whites and outstanding reds
2008 Mild, light showers, late harvest classic whites and very good varietal purity throughout the reds
2009 Very good growing season, spring rain and dry December/January. Excellent whites and concentrated reds.
2010 Hot start to January, early harvest, with mid vintage rain, expressive whites and elegant reds.
2011 Excellent vintage, spring rain lead to a mid-January harvest with warm/hot conditions, very good whites & great reds
2012 Mild and wet vintage conditions with light whites and light/medium reds
2013 Dry growing season for whites with some mid- vintage showers. Excellent whites & medium bodied reds
2014 Exceptional vintage, dry and warm to hot. Excellent whites & exceptional reds
2015 Moderate temperatures, some showers in January, drying out to sunshine. delicate whites & medium-bodied reds
2016 Wet January lead to a record hot conditions in February. Superb whites & very good reds
2017 Very hot & dry Summer, lower than average rainfall, excellent ripening conditions. Exceptional whites & concentrated reds.
2018 Lower than average rainfall, dry drought conditions, superb ripening with pristine fruit. Exceptional whites & reds.
2019 Trifecta year of drought, hot and dry winter, spring and summer. Vintage was early and quick. Exceptional whites and reds, healthy bunches with no disease pressure.
2020 Hot with bushfires. Yields down by 70%. Young drinking whites and reds.
2021 Mild showers before vintage, dry and hot during harvest. Very good whites and reds

 

Semillon rating Best drinking Shiraz rating Best drinking
2007 10/10 D = drink now – 2027 8/10 2015
2008 7/10 D – 2021 N/A 2013
2009 9.5/10 D – 2029 7.5/10 2022
2010 8/10 D – 2025 8/10 2025
2011 9/10 D – 2031 9.5/10 2029
2013 10/10 D – 2033 9/10 2026
2014 9.5/10 D – 2034 10/10 D – 2035
2015 7.5/10 D – 2025 8/10 2028
2016 8/10 2022 – 2034 8.5/10 2032
2017 9.5/10 2024 – 2037 9/10 D – 2038
2018 10/10 2025 – 2038 10/10 D – 2038
2019 9/10 D – 2039 9/10 D – 2039
2021 8/10 D – 2041 TBA