The blending of these three varieties is a traditional Australian classic dating back to the 1950’s when they were the predominant plantings in South Australian. It’s a full, rich wine with a spicy edge.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
Grenache 60% Shiraz 22% Mourvèdre 18%
The appearance is deep cherry red with a hint of crimson.
The bouquet is quite intense with rose petal and anise behind blueberry and plum fruits. There’s pencil shavings and a graphite mineral character with a lifted confectionary note.
The palate is darker with cherries and ripe plums. It has a nice chewy body with anise spice, violets and a gamey earthiness ahead of a warm, dry finish. There is a noticeable alcohol lift that enhances the smooth rich flavour and is supported by solid tannins giving texture and structure.
This blend which draws on its Mediterranean roots is a natural match for tapas, antipasto and spicy, tomato based dishes. Try it with Italian meatballs and pasta.
I've been making wines from these varieties for many years but this is the first release under my new label with Grenache from old McLaren Vale vines. From previous experience with this blend I’d be confident it will mature for 4- 8 years but I’ll be enjoying it over the 2 – 3 years.