Buoyant raspberry, red-cherry characters with a restrained savoury palate, grainy tannins backed by integrated oak. A serious food wine that shows what a wonderful marriage these three varietals make if blended with balance in mind.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
GRENACHE seems to carry 15 per cent alcohol better than most grape varieties. In this Barossa example, blended with shiraz and mataro (aka mourvedre), it presents sirupy aromas of berries, florals, spice and chocolate in a smooth, lush package of attractive warmth and ripeness. It finishes long and soft, with attractive balance and freshness. Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure (OCT/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Grenache 60%, Shiraz 20% and Mataro (Mourvèdre) 20%.
Deep black in colour with a slight red hue.
Lifted red fruit, strawberries and cream, notes of potpourri, especislly roses, coupled with spice, dried leaves and an underlying meatiness.
The palate is concentrated, yet restrained. Following on from the new blend of 2008 vintage, the 2009 Brave Faces is the second vintage dominated by Grenache, showing a point of difference from Shiraz dominated portfolio.
The soft red fruits from the Grenache open the experience with the dense dark Shiraz fruits roll past the mid-palate with subtle spiciness and floral flavours with the red fruits reappearing with the Mataro’s underlying meaty fl avours, notes of bracken and fine savoury tannins to finish.
Serve at room temperature to accompany lamb cutlets with grilled red onion and eggplant served on tabbouli.
Carefully cellared, this wine should last 10+ years.