Small Batch Wines | 2008 Grenache
Philip White, June 2010, 92++ points
This is Grenache essence of the verging-on-dessert mode. It's ultra slick and silky, with that gossamer sheen that ripe McLaren Vale Grenache seems expert at producing. It has a whiff of chocolate about it, but that is filled with a liqueur of raspberry and wild black cherry, and then it's been spiced up with really savoury nutmeg and clove oak. It is scary in its slick texture: verging on syrup, disarmingly wholesome and reassuring (don't believe a word of it), and then, finally, ever-so-reluctantly, it turns on a tiny dash of focussing tannin. Like nearly all McLaren Vale Grenache, I reckon I'd like it more if it was picked earlier, but I've always been a touch one-eyed about that, haven't I. Yes.
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95% Grenache, %5 Shiraz
McLaren Vale - Estate Grown
Maroon with red tinges
Rich red fruit lift - raspberry and spice. An earthy mineral quality.
Meduim bodied fresh ripe fruit characters, fine mineral acid and earthy tannin complexity. lovely oak integration.
Drink now or over the next couple of years.
Old French oak