“Named after the beautiful old Bush Vine Grenache vineyard owned by mates of mine in McLaren Vale. The Grenache component in this wine is hand picked to best preserve this glorious old vineyard. We have been taking fruit from this block for many years and it’s one of our favourites.” – Geoff Merrill
The aroma shows complex notes of black olive, chocolate, leather, coffee and clove with ripe berry fruits.
The palate is rich with ripe berry fruits and spice, also showing plum, earth, game and some floral hints. The texture is fine and smooth finishing with well balanced acidity.
Enjoy with lamb yiros, pork sausages, beef skewers with capsicum and onion, and venison pie.
VINTAGE INFORMATION: The 2014 vintage started out with a wet winter in 2013 with higher than average rainfall which then essentially ceased for the months following. An unexpected burst of heat through spring lead to flowering early. Low rainfall and extremely high temperatures then continued throughout summer. Immediately following the high temperatures was some cool weather and a large rain event which slowed down ripening, causing quite a gap in vintage. Top wines will be exciting, well balanced acidity and full flavoured with good tannins.
|Maturation||22 months in seasoned American & French oak puncheons|
“It’s immediately appealing on the nose showing sweet berry, vanilla, smoked game, cedar and toasted spice aromas. The palate delivers excellent weight and roundness together with fleshy texture and silky tannins, finishing impressively long and expansive. Delectably appealing with seductive complexity. At its best: now to 2030. 5 stars”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
“I always like how Geoff Merrill’s wines lob with a bit of bottle age. Aged and built to age. Here, it’s a riff on a McLaren Vale GSM blend. The Shiraz dominance works too – chocolatey rich purple fruit, with Grenache adding the red fruit highlights. It’s medium to full bodied, chunky, and ultimately fruit drenched. Old school heartiness rather than modern swish and polish, with surprising life for its age. Entirely solid wine. Best drinking: good now and for another decade if you want. But I’d drink in the next five.”
Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
“52/42/6% shiraz/grenache/mourvèdre. This is drinking very well. Attractive Rhône-inspired aromas: sandalwood, smoked game and a porcini/bracken/bouillon note, earthy and shrouded in umami. Herbal tannins, gently ferrous, ply a straight path across the palate while mollifying shiraz’s sweet tendencies, billowing in the background. But in all, solid value and very good drinking.”
Ned Goodwin (Halliday Australian Wine Companion)
Australian Wine Showcase Magazine