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Dark cherry, black pepper and blackberry come through initially on the aroma. This then relaxes into a more rounded dark fruit and spice character with time in the glass.
As good as the aroma is, the palate is selfishly holding back on it! Where to begin is the next question. Let's start with complex spice, earth and red berry flavours and fine grippy texture. Then a wonderful mid palate unfolds as the wine warms in your mouth filling the 'wings' with luscious fruit. The acidity is balanced without adding astringency to this generous McLaren Vale Grenache.
“Enjoy with twice cooked duck, spring lamb rack, a seared tuna or mackerel steak, grilled portobello mushrooms and haloumi cheese and goat milk brie.”
VINTAGE INFORMATION: The 2017 Winter began quite dry, with just enough rain arriving in late winter and early spring to add some much-needed moisture to the soil depths. Aside from hot conditions during Spring, the growing season progressed quite well without lengthy extremes causing too much damage. The summer heat tapered off to ideal, mild conditions required for extended ripening of late varieties.
Australian Wine Showcase Magazine
“Sweetly fruited and gorgeously lifted, the bouquet shows dark plum, spiced cherry, thyme and warm spice aromas, leading to a supple palate that’s finely textured and lingering. It’s flavoursome and beautifully rounded, backed by grainy tannins, finishing long and silky.”
“RARING TO GO!! – Dan Traucki (Wine Assist)
“Great label, bright purple/red colour, fragrant bouquet of red berries a tinge of dried herbs, full berry flavours on the delightful, smooth gentle palate with an elegant lingering finish.”
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
“Great label, bright purple/red colour, fragrant bouquet of red berries a tinge of dried herbs, full berry flavours on the
delightful, smooth gentle palate with an elegant lingering finish.”
Dan Traucki (Wine Assist)
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