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Showing posts with label Grenache. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grenache. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2012 Rusden 'Chritine's Vineyard' Grenache

ChristinesVineyard NVSourced from vines that were planted over 40 years ago, this wine takes it's name from winemaker Christian Canute's mother, who is particularly fond of this old vine block.

Spicy herbal aromas mix well with dark cherry fruit and a bit of licorice. I found it lighter on the palate than the nose suggested, which was a pleasant surprise. More spice on the palate with nice chalky tannins and a good acid finish.  Paired very well with roast lamb.


Price:      $40
Source:   Gift
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.rusdenwines.com.au




Sunday, May 24, 2015

2012 Tim Adams 'The Fergus' Grenache

Taking it's name from the owner of a neighboring vineyard who was kind enough to sell them Grenache grapes during a shortage of Shiraz and Cabernet during. This vintage the grapes were fermented with Tempranillo skins and blended with a significant amount of Tempranillo and Malbec. 

Good varietal distinction with aromas of cherry, raspberry and spice. Nice hardy tannins, mid level acidity, and good length. Paired very well with Turkish lamb pide (something like a Turkish pizza). A pleasant surprise to find such an enjoyable Grenache from a region not well known for this varietal.  

Price:      RRP $24
Source:   Bottle at Restaurant 
Varietal:  Grenache, Tempranillo, Malbec
Tasted:    May 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  http://www.timadamswines.com.au




Saturday, May 23, 2015

2014 Brash Higgins Grenache Mataro

Wine maker Brad Hickey has sourced biodynamically grown grapes from Yangarra Estate on the sandy soils of Blewitt Hills. The grapes were co-fermented with wild yeast, and then spent 6 months in a hogshead (approximately twice the size of a standard barrel), before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Red cherry and raspberry notes from the Grenache present themselves first and are soon followed by some savory, spicy aromas more characteristic of Mataro. Dusty tannins coat the palate evenly. A wine with great structure and length.

Price:     $40
Source: Wine Emporium
Varietal: Grenache (70%), Mataro (30%)
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.brashhiggins.com/

Monday, May 4, 2015

2011 Alpha Box & Dice 'Tarot' Grenache Shiraz Tempranillo

Made in Mclaren Vale using fruit sourced from the Barossa. There seems to be no shortage of interesting small wineries in this region lately. I was really impressed with how well this wine drank, and also with its price tag.

Fresh and lively nose showing dark cherries, plum, and spice. Grenache really shines through, and I suspect there was a large percentage of whole bunch fermentation (the producers website isn't big on wine making details). Very juicy with soft supple tannins make this a super easy drinking and enjoyable wine.

Price:      $17
Source:   The Cellar, Bangalow, NSW
Varietal:  Grenache (70%), Shiraz (20%), Tempranillo (10%)
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    94
Website:  www.alphaboxdice.com

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2014 Yelland and Papps 'Second Take' Grenache

An interesting contrast to their Devote range Grenache, the Second Take is a fruity, lively, fun wine that is great for drinking young. Fermented naturally with 48% whole bunches before being aged in old and new oak for seven months, it was then bottled unfined and unfiltered. 

A sweet cherry/raspberry aroma jumps out of the glass and is followed by hints of chocolate and spice. In contrast to the sweet berry aromas the palate is refreshing and delicate, with a lively kick. This is a great bottle to buy and drink right away. An excellent wine marrying new and old wine making techniques to produce a faultless, fun, and interesting drop.

Price:      $40
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    95
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com

2014 Unico Zelo Grenache

Sourced from one of the few parcels of Grenache in the Adelaide Hills, this wine was made from hand picked grapes that then underwent 100% whole bunch fermentation for 10 days, prior to being pressed off for the completion of fermentation to occur in old oak puncheons. 

A very lively nose, with lots of zippy hits of ginger and spice. The time spent on stems definitely comes through and comes off a bit green and herbaceous, for my taste. Fine tannins, with moderate length make for very easy drinking. 

Price:      $30
Source:   Different Drop
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    90
Website:  www.unicozelo.com.au

2012 Yelland and Papps 'Devote' Old Vine Grenache


Yelland & Papps Devote Old Vine Grenache 2012

Made from fruit sourced from 45 year old vines at the Materne Family Vineyard in the Barossa Valley, this wine was open fermented for two weeks before being basket pressed and aged in old and new french oak for 20 months.

Wafts of cherry and other red berry fruits meld with aromas of black pepper, spice, and licorice. Soft fine tannins flow effortlessly across the palate. A well balanced wine with clean acidity and fine structure. Drinking well now, but will likely improve over the next few years.

Price:      $35
Source:   Cellar Door
Varietal:  Grenache
Tasted:    April 2015
Rating:    93
Website:  www.yellandandpapps.com





Thursday, February 12, 2015

2014 Ochota Barrels 'Fugazi Vineyard' Grenache


Sourced from 66 year old dry grown bush vines in Mclaren Vale. The vineyard takes it's name after a post-hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C. A large addition of whole bunches (70%), this wine spent 82 days on it's skins prior to six months in old oak barrels. 

Another fantastically aromatic wine from Ochota with heaps of fresh, bright cherry and raspberry aromas. Fresh and juicy, yet textural and complex palate offers more red fruits with some spice and white pepper.

Price:     $40
Source:  Wine Emporium
Varietal: Grenache
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.ochotabarrels.com/




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2013 Torbreck 'Cuvee Jeveniles' GSM

While Torbreck are better known for there big, bold, age worthy wines, it was this young drinking and playful GSM that caught my eye on a recent visit to their cellar door.

A beautiful perfumed nose that's both somewhat restrained and fruit forward, offering notes of cherries and blackberries alongside hints of five-spice. Soft juicy tannins make this enjoyably soft on the palate and a very food friendly wine.

Price:     $22
Source:  Cellar Door
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   93

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 Ochota Barrels Green Room Grenache Syrah


Ochota Barrels are producing some of my favorite wines in Australia at the moment. Winemaker Taras Ochota has previously worked at Murray Street Vineyards and Two Hands in the Barossa Valley, as well as Nepenthe in Adelaide Hills. In more recent years he has been working as a fly in wine maker in Italy, as well as making some beautiful and interesting Australian wines, such as this.

This wine is predominantly grenache at 88 percent, with the remainder of the wine being syrah. All fruit is sourced from old vines grown on dry loamy red clay, delivering great fruit intensity. There was a large percentage of whole bunch (grapes along with stems) used in this wine, which adds some interest and depth.

I get lots of bright red fruit cherry fruit and aromas that remind me more of a grenache heavy Rioja than any other Australian grenache I've had. Nice chalky tannins and great length. The thing that really stands out to me in this wine is the purity of the fruit. The low levels of oak allow you to really taste just how good the Grenache fruit really is.

I shared this at a friends Birthday and it was an absolute hit. A crowd pleaser, for sure.

Price:     $39
Source:  Craft Red Hill
Varietal: Grenache, Syrah
Tasted:  December 2014
Rating:   95

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2013 Vinomofo 'The Orgy' Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre


This is a pretty top notch GSM and provides excellent value. This one was made by Malcolm and Richard Leask in McClaren Vale. Another tasty, great value wine from the VinoMofo boys.

Smells to me of strawberry and raspberry. Soft ttannins and oh so juicy. This is a super easy drinking wine. It went over well with my friends and I could easily see myself drinking more of this (likely buy it in another collaboration case, as I've liked all of the wines so far). Probably best to drink it in the next couple of years, as it wasn't drinking as well on the second day.

Price:     $15
Source: VinoMofo
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   91
Website: http://www.vinomofo.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2012 La Vendimia Rioja

Sourced from Palacios Remondos vineyards, some of the highest in the Rioja region, this blend of Grenache and Tempranillo is wonderfully drinkable and very food friendly. This wine has spent less than six months on oak, and is therefore termed a jovenes by the Spanish.

A delicate savory nose with notes of rasperry jam, cherry and lavender, along silky soft tannins and low acidity, make this a very nice drink now wine. I served this with manchego, chorizo and boar salami and it was a treat.

An all round enjoyable Rioja, drinking well now, and best served with food.

Price:     $30
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (50%), Tempranillo (50%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92






Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2012 SC Pannell Tinto

I came across the following quote from wine writer Nick Stock, regarding winemaker SC Pannell: "I wouldn't be surprised if in 40 years time that we’re talking about this guy as one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wine in our age." So, the bar was set pretty high before I even tried this wine. I was still super impressed with this one, and look forward to trying the rest of his range.

Stephen Pannell was chief winemaker at Hardys, prior to founding his own McLaren Vale winery in 2004. Since then his goal has been to produce wines that express a sense of place. He's approached this by using natural yeasts for fermentation, and minimizing contact with oak.


The Tinto is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Touriga Nacional, a wine grape considered by many to be Portugal's finest.  A very inviting nose, with an interesting mix of sweet raspberry and cherry alongside some savory notes. The palate follows through with more berries and wonderful soft but textural tannins. Reminiscent of some of my favorite elements in good Rioja, with the plus of great aromatic intensity.  

I'll definitely buy this again. Drank great with a margherita pizza, and I imagine it would suit many other styles of food. Definitely over-delivers for this price.

Price:     $23
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (60%), Touriga Nacional (40%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   93
Website: www.pannell.com.au

Monday, September 22, 2014

2012 Smallfry 'Schliebs Garden' Grenache

It being International Grenache Day this past Friday, I took it upon myself to try a few different grenache and grenache blends. Among these was this straight grenache from a biodynamic producer in the Barrossa Valley. Having previously tried two excellent wines from Smallfry, I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed by this offering.
Opens up with an interesting nose, indicative there was likely some addition of whole bunches of grapes (stems and all) during fermentation. A bit spicy with some dark berry notes and possibly a hint of acetone.  The tannins were a bit sandy and overpowering for the level of acidity and berry flavors present. This may develop over time and become quite good, but it's not for my taste right now. While I likely won't be buying another bottle of this, I will surely be grabbing up some other wines from this producer.

Price:     $27
Varietal: Grenache
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   87
Website: http://smallfrywines.com.au/