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  • Beautifully conveys the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhône
  • The backbone of the wine comes from old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946
  • Fine tannins and acidity lends to great drinking now
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Dark Red
Nose "A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy red and blue fruits." Peter Fraser, winemaker.
Palate "The blending of these three varieties is an equal mix of sharp precision as much as sensuality. Its fruit is bright, shiny and fresh, showing that silky sheen of the Grenache, yet below are more brooding layers which will unfold over the next decade. Without upsetting this harmonious balance, the Shiraz and Mourvèdre will gradually emerge." Peter Fraser, winemaker.
Food Pairing Barbequed meats.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes A careful blend of 68% Grenache, 26% Shiraz and 6% Mourvèdre.
Variety Grenache Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region McLaren Vale
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 1.5L (Magnum)
Closure Stelvin
McLaren Vale
The McLaren Vale wine region is located less than an hours drive south of Adelaide, along the coastline.

Shiraz is by far the most widely planted variety, and the most important variety for the region, accounting for about 50% of the total crush. Every winery in the region will likely be producing at least one or more Shiraz wines, and with the wide range of unique terroirs available, each influenced by the maritime climate in unique ways, each Shiraz will have its own regional nuances.

Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale will often exhibit chocolate and coffee notes, with a little less pepper than those from Barossa Valley, and are often blended with Grenache. Other red varieties grown include Cabernet Sauvignon (and Merlot blends) Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Zinfandel. The main white variety would be Chardonnay, however Semillon and it's common blending partner Sauvignon Blanc are made, alongside lesser amounts of Riesling, Pronto Bianco, Vermentino and Fiano.

If you plan to visit McLaren Vale there are over 65 cellar doors so you'll be spoiled for choice, ranging from the small-boutique wineries to very large wineries. The drive from McLaren Vale up to the Barossa Valley is very scenic, passing over the rolling Adelaide Hills, and though the quaint German-settled town of Hahndorf.
93
points
Huon Hooke
Very deep, dense, bold purple red colour with a bold, slightly raw young bouquet of shrill spicy fruit and smoky, charry, burnt-wood overtones (not necessarily from oak). The sooty character of the region is part of it. It's full-bodied, intense and powerful with a very lively palate thanks to fresh acidity, and very good concentration. This is a bit young to drink but has great potential. I'd give it a year or two longer. (68% grenache, 26% shiraz, 6% mourvedre; biodynamic certified; hand-picked; mechanically sorted; 50% destemmed & 50% whole berries, wild fermented; 10 months in older French oak)
91
points
Mike Bennie
Old vine grenache makes up the thrust of this wine. It’s from organically grown (certified) vineyards. McLaren Vale does GSMs very well, I reckon. Let the shiraz play second fiddle to the region’s better red grape variety, I say.

It’s a nice thing to drink, easy thing to drink, feels smooth, even and tidy-ish in its components. That being said, oak peeks out a bit in old spice cupboard, pencil shavings and twigginess in perfume and palate, but there’s just about enough dark fruit, Xmas cake dried fruits and spice and earthiness to move things along. Just medium weight, finishes a touch short with smudged dusty tannins. Again, nice drink.
95
points
Tony Keys
One of the world’s great blends, this works on many levels, with a basket of red/black fruits skipping along on the upper level, and a sound base of acid/tannin supporting underneath.

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