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.
The use of old oak means that that typical grenache raspberry fruit is left to shine through the more savoury earthy notes and sweet nutmeg spice. It is a medium bodied wine, silkily textured and elegantly detailed with a black cherry flourish on the finish. If you are after a dish to match, a chunky steak and ale pie is a good start, or you can always try roast duck.
Quickie review «An intense, yet elegantly proportioned, juicy, old vine McLaren gem. Moreish, definitely moreish»
Country of Origin: McLaren Vale, Australia
Tasting Date: October 2019
Price: AU$ 29 | £20 | US$29+
Drink: now – 5 years
Needs food: no
About the Author:
Lisa Johnston is a Sydney/London based wine educator, writer and wine business consultant who believes that wine should be fun, sometimes contemplative and never intimidating. You can reach Lisa here.
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