The Serafino Story
The Serafino story began in 1964 when Steve (Serafino) Maglieri arrived in Australia from Italy as a passionate teenager full of dreams. Two years later, with the assistance of his father Giovanni, he planted his first vines in McLaren Vale that now extends to 350 acres, laying the foundation of a winemaking dynasty that today is known as Serafino Wines and overseen by his daughter, Maria. From the beginning, Steve and his father worked from dawn to dusk seven days a week to produce wines of such outstanding quality that it wasn’t long before the accolades began to flow.
Why's this wine for you?

Here's something you don't see every day - a double 95 point scoring, gold medal-winning Serafino McLaren Vale Syrah that has been ageing for ten years in the cellar.

Ten years! Most current release Shiraz is 2018 and 2019 not a beautifully mature 2010. Serafino deliberately keep back their top-shelf wine, and it makes for much more interesting wine.

Sourced from a single vineyard on the western side of the McLaren Vale township, part of the secret is the clever winemaking, with a long post-ferment maceration (the wine is kept on skins after fermentation) to encourage more complexity.

It's rare to see both Huon Hooke and James Halliday agree on a wine, but they did here, with Hooke praising it as a 'graceful, stylish and tidy with a lip smacking quality', while Halliday echoed its charms, saying 'It has excellent balance, line and length, and a very long lifespan.'

A seriously delicious Syrah, now in the prime of its life? Hard to resist!

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The Brief
Net Volume
Cellar to
Light Dark
Wine Scale 5
How's it taste?
Vibrant rich dark fruit intertwined with French and American oak characters of chocolate and spice harmonise with fine subtle tannins. The generosity of fruit character and the seamless integration of oak and tannin ensures the finish is fine, long and elegant.
How was it made?
The Terremoto vineyard is located on the western side of the McLaren Vale Township, on red loam over limestone with a north-westerly aspect. The vines are trained to a single cordon with a foliage wire controlling the canopy so light can penetrate to evenly ripen the fruit.
The Who
Critic Reviews
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Expert Review
95 Points
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion
Deep, dense purple-crimson; veteran McLaren Vale winemaker Charles Whish has used mainstream winemaking methods, recognising the innate power and concentration of the profound blackberry, licorice, plum and dark chocolate flavours of the full-bodied palate. It has excellent balance, line and length, and a very long lifespan. 300 dozen made.
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Expert Review
95 Points
Huon Hooke - The Real Review
95 Points. Deep dark purple/red colour. Dusty, ferny, dried herb, savoury aromas with nice dry cedar oak inputs. The style here is more elegant: taut and dry, savoury, fine and cleansing, with an appetising quality. Graceful, stylish and tidy with a lip smacking quality. Nice wine and different to the others in the Scarce Earth group.
Expert Review
Expert Review
93 Points
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Terremoto is an Italian word for earthquake. Steve Maglieri, the founder of Serafino, is often referred to as “terremoto”. This is a single vineyard shiraz from McLaren Vale.Big, hulking, old school shiraz. Vanilla and chocolate flavours are here in abundance, but so too is bold, plush black berried fruit laid on thick. Saturated with dense fruit and oak. Good length. Excellent example of this style. 93+ Points
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