This is a stunning example of timeless McLaren Vale heritage. Ancient bush vines have produced a wine with great intensity, flavour and structure. It captures the essence of delicious gourmet delicacies and generous country charm with genuine rustic honesty.
With the right cellaring conditions Grenache will age gracefully over many years however there is great enjoyment to be had from the moment it is first released. The combination of fruit intensity and rustic warmth make it a genuine all rounder.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The appearance is medium intensity and the colour is deep rose petal red with hints of crimson and cherry red on the rim.
The bouquet opens with intense red currant and cranberry fruit. There’s an elegant floral scent followed by cedar wood, exotic earthy spices and smoked meats. It’s rich and enticing with a sophisticated edge.
Grenache is often referred to as “Poor man’s Pinot Noir” so no surprise that that it has a similar body weight and flavour profile. This wine has elegant fruit, medium to full body with delicious savoury notes and rustic earthy characters on the back palate. Oak is subtle and well handled delivering a fresh lively finish.
Grenache is enjoying a well deserved revival as a wonderful food friendly wine of great charisma and appeal. It’s a natural choice with any Mediterranean style cuisine and is perfect with marinated lean lamb chops char grilled on the BBQ.
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My first winemaking experience was harvesting grapes in the Barossa Valley during vintage 1981. Long hot days were spent hand picking bunches of sweet, sticky Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet, Grenache and a host of other nearly forgotten varieties. At the end of each day after the last bins were tipped into the crusher, we’d meet at the weighbridge with Peter Lehmann for a bottomless glass of robust Shiraz and an inspired conversation about the new wines and vintage developments.
After three decades my day still ends with a nice glass or two of Shiraz or maybe Chardonnay but a lot has changed over that time. From a humble cellar hand plunging skins in open concrete fermenters during the 1980’s, to debating the appropriate cooperage for Hunter Shiraz with Len Evans in the 1990’s to the corporate boardrooms of giant multinationals in the 2000’s, I’m now back to making wine as an independent negociant.
Based in the heart of McLaren Vale, I’m surrounded by wonderful old vineyards and dozens of modern wineries run by talented winemakers. The joy of being a negociant winemaker is the flexibility to be able to source grapes and make wine anywhere throughout Australia. The benefit is an unlimited resource of varieties, regions, styles and skills to craft individual batches of unique wines without constraints.
My goal is to create genuine, honest wines that showcase flavour, vitality and life. Good wine should be accessible to all and be enjoyed as part of a healthy, active lifestyle with fine food, close friends and plenty of fun. I have many favourites but I believe variety is the spice of life and I enjoy discovering new flavours and stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking.
From an old favourite to something exotic, tantalizing and new, I hope you enjoy the journey through my selection of classic Australian wines.
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