Wild Duck Creek Estate Duck Muck Shiraz 2015 (Heathcote, Victoria) "...cassis, kirsch, spice..."
"Such an experience" - Mike Bennie, Wine Front
Duck Muck was first made by a stroke of luck. Some super-ripe Shiraz was picked from Wild Duck Creek Estate’s Original Vineyard and made into wine, which didn’t quite fill a barrel. The barrel was then topped up with Alan’s Cabernet Pressings, being the only wine available to founder David (Duck) Anderson at that time in 1994. The resulting wine was then given away to their best customers. David stumbled on a winning formula in the blend of these two vineyards. The wine went on to gain cult status. The vineyards are meticulously attended to with cane pruning, thinned shoots, and cropped low to try and achieve the perfect balance in any particular vintage. The fruit is then picked and partly destemmed into small open-top fermenters. The Original Vineyard Shiraz has 30% whole bunches left in the ferment. The wine is then gently basket pressed into 100% new Dominique Laurent barriques and matured for up to 27 months. Duck Muck, when bottled, is extraordinarily intense, with layers of texture, wonderfully complex aroma, and incredible length and depth.
"Well. This needs a warning sign or something. Massive wine. Concentrated to almost porty character, does show some swirl of chewy-chalky tannins, so very inky, slick, Ribena and blackberry nip, cassis, kirsch, all the sweet berry boozes rolled into a plate of garam masala spice. Does all this well. Some magic in that. Multi-dimensional – flavour, texture, and may just take you there drinking it. Strap in. Impressive capture of humongous fruit and oak, so dense, so big, such an experience." - 95 Points, The Wine Front