This Goats do Roam red is fairly leaping with fun, starting with the name. Any lover of French wine would know that this is a play on the regionCôtes du Rhôneand a tip of the hat to the varieties that make up this playful red blend.
Australia’ McLaren Vale has an incredible grenache legacy that surprises many people from outside the region. It has some of the oldest grenache bush vines in the world thanks to the destructive spread of phylloxera in the grape’s home regions of France and Spain. The Osborn family purchased and rejuvenated some of these old bush vine vineyards that now live a productive life. These vines produce the low yield, intensely flavoured grenache that feature in this wine. Hence, the ‘Derelict Vineyard’ Grenache on the label.
In the Henry’s Seven, this addition of the aromatic white grape viognier has given the blend a fragrant lift of some extra pepper and enhanced the violet aromas. These are joined by fresh plum and more earthy, spicy characters. It has also allowed the wine to retain its youthful purple hued vibrance and added its weight to the fuller body.
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This is soft, and velvet and as elegant as the label is eye catching. Ripe cherry and plum fruit, fresh and juicy, jostles with gentle oak and all this is brought together with a pinch of thyme. It is a bright and vivacious wine that needs no additional accompaniment to make it shine.