Marienberg built its early reputation around a distinctive oak characteristic. I’ve made this Grenache dominant blend to capture that style. Shiraz adds weight and intensity with Mataro bringing spice and lift. The final result has a smokier character with earthy spice and savoury sensations.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Winery Tasting Notes
The appearance is deep and brooding with a vibrant crimson red colour and long legs coating the glass.
The bouquet is intense with lifted rose petal fragrance and anise spice behind blueberry and plum fruits. There’s pencil shavings and a graphite mineral character with a hint of wood smoke.
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 wine is 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, without dominating the flavour. It has finesse and balance which brings out the best across a range of cuisine styles. Try it with Italian meatballs and pasta.
This is a classic McLaren Vale wine which will deliver excellent drinking over a decade of cellaring. From release it offers an intense flavour experience which will continue to develop and gain complexity as it matures in bottle.