In the early 1980’s Grenache and Mataro was widely planted throughout McLaren Vale and the Barossa. They had been popular varieties for making fortified wines like Tawny Port. Over the last 30 years many vineyards have been lost to more contemporary varieties. With the recent trend back to these traditional wines we’re seeing a growing demand put a strain on limited resources.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The appearance is deep and brooding with a dark cherry red colour and long legs coating the glass.
The bouquet is intense, full of dark berries, brandy soaked raisins and rich fine grained oak. It’s harmoniously integrated with hints of chocolate, earthy spices and fine licorice. Premium oak is obvious but nicely restrained.
On the palate this wine is a journey from the freshness of a country farmers market with ripe berries, spices and herbs through a gourmet deli with smoked meats, savoury olive tapenades and freshly roasted coffee to a rustic county kitchen with hearty baked pies, fruitcakes and puddings. It’s a complex array of sensations and flavours with generous mouth-feel and a long, smooth finish.
This wine is a gentle giant, warm and friendly with a big robust heart and powerful structure. It makes a great match to prime Angus steak, slow roasted lamb and savoury beef casseroles. The finish is smooth and dry, making it ideal with a selection of soft creamy cheeses as well as firm vintage styles.
This wine is just beginning its bottle maturation phase of development. It has all the elements that will allow it to reward careful cellaring for over 10 years under ideal condition. Equally it will be enjoyable drinking while youthful and robust.