This wine reflects the intensity of the dark, ripe berries from ancient bush vine Grenache. Full of character, it has a distinct spicy lift and long complex finish.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The appearance is mid to deep red with lively cherry hues and delicate crimson edge. The brightness of colour is an indicator of cellaring potential.
The bouquet is packed with ripe dark berries and plum fruit behind savoury smoked game and ironstone clay. The fruit is sweet and rich with earthy spices delivering complexity and sophistication.
The palate is plush and opens with ripe plums and blueberries. The mid palate is fleshy with the flavours of salami, earth and game building to a long finish with fragrant spices mingling with fine chalky tannins. There’s a huge amount of flavour and complexity with lovely balanced structure and acidity.
This is a wine for tender, slow roast lamb shanks, thick juicy steaks or rich pasta dishes. It has rich fruit flavours with dusty oak and earthy, mineral characters. The long dry finish makes it ideal with soft ripe cheese and water crackers after a meal.
This is an exceptional example of old McLaren Vale bush vine Grenache and will reward careful cellaring for over 15 years.
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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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