Grenache

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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Closure

Stelvin

Grape Variety

95% Grenache, %5 Shiraz

Growing Region

McLaren Vale - Estate Grown

Colour

Maroon with red tinges

Aroma

Rich red fruit lift - raspberry and spice. An earthy mineral quality.

Palate

Meduim bodied fresh ripe fruit characters, fine mineral acid and earthy tannin complexity. lovely oak integration.

Cellaring Potential

Drink now or over the next couple of years.

Maturation

Old French oak

Alcohol%/Vol

14%

Winemaker

Corrina Wright

Date Bottled

April 2010

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