This most adaptable of reds is known for its bright red colour and savoury strawberry & cherry flavours. The McLaren Vale region seems to particularly suit the variety. Grenache originates from Southern Europe where it is known as ‘Garnacha’ in Spain and ‘Grenache’ in France …so it depends on whether you ‘Si‘ or ‘Oui’.
Vintage summary: Good winter rains were followed by a dry spring/summer period. Cool night time temperatures in February ensured the grapes achieved optimum flavour and tannin development.Fruit set problems in the Vale meant reduced crops of Grenache, compensated by great quality. A great Vintage!
Winemaking: The grapes were crushed and then fermented in 5 tonne open fermenters for a total of 8 days. The fermentation cap management program was adjusted towards the end of this period to avoid extraction of any harsher tannins. After gentle pressing the free run and the pressing fractions were blended together and then, following 4 days of settling, the wine was racked to oak.
Oak breakdown: 100% French oak Hogsheads Barrel Ageing: 9 months 32% second use oak, 56% third use oak & 12% fourth use oak
Acidity: 6.1 g/l pH: 3.59 Alcohol: 14.5 % Residual Sugar: .33g/l
Winemaker Marco Iannetti Viticulturists: Don Luca and Linc Rayner
Tasting Note: Halliday says it best………..
‘The hue is light but bright in the normal grenache spectrum.However the McLaren Vale style of grenache is radically different from Barossa Valley –savoury,earthy and spicy rather than confectionary/Turkish delight. I much prefer this McLaren Vale style, especially when the texture and structure are so good, and do not cover the quiver of red fruits at its heart. The soft tannins make this an anytime wine for at least 5 years James Halliday (2012): 92 points
Enjoy with: wood fired pizza, classic aussie bbq, tomato based pasta dishes. Big fruit & soft tannins mean it can handle spicy Asian cuisine without offending.