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About The Wine
Graciano is seldom seen on it’s own, whether here or in it’s native homeland of Rioja in the north of Spain. It makes good bedfellows particularly with Tempranillo and is planted in all parts of the world (albeit under an utterly bamboozling myriad of names).
It makes a great blending component due to it’s high acid levels, inherent spice and renowned ageing potential (see Rioja for examples of this). We are probably a while away from seeing the full potential of this variety in Aus but watch out - it has been planted all over the land and is starting to pop it’s head up, and these wines are definitely worth a look.
Mount Majura make one of the best examples of this as a straight variety in the country. They think that the most recent release, this, the 2013 vintage is their “ripest and most complete Graciano to date.”.
Hard to argue. It’s a really interesting wine. They have judged it perfectly. It’s loaded with spice and flavour and real ‘punch in the face’ aromatics, the perfect food wine. James Halliday gave this vintage 92 points and thought it struck ” a spicy chord from start to finish”.
If you like the T.S.G - well this is the G, striped back to it’s naked self. After trying this something tells me we will see a lot more of this grape in coming years…
What It Tastes Like
Really bright and ‘popy’. Loads of flowery aromatics with a lovely core of sweet berries in the center. You can smell the spice coming out of the glass too. Pretty exotic on the nose actually, Chinese five spice and all that. Drinks really beautifully, not too acidic but there is a nice mouthwatering pucker to the finish. Plenty of fruit to carry the spice. Nice.
- _Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2014_
92 points. “Hand-picked 1 May, amongst the last grapes (other possibly than botrytised white grapes) to be harvested in Australia; matured for 6 months in used French barriques, its notorious acidity has been fully tamed, its fruits with a spicy chord from start to finish. Very interesting wine.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
“Graciano has a huge number of synonyms in Spain and all around the Mediterranean, suggesting it is an old and widespread variety”, write Jancis Robinson and Jose Vouillamoz. They also note it, “is valued for its acidity and perfume”. Mount Majura’s Frank van de Loo refers to it as “a minor variety in Rioja [Spain], considered to be very high quality and used in blends for its good acidity”. Thankfully, van de Loo spares a small amount from the blending vat as it unquestionably makes a fine, distinctive wine in its own right: crimson coloured, impressively perfumed and with a rich, supple, slightly peppery palate.”
- Chris Shanahan (Canberra Times)
Graciano originates in the Rioja region of Spain, where it typically provides only a small proportion (5%) of the blend. Being a variety that retains acid at ripeness, it is used to add freshness or ‘grace’ to the blend, hence the name.
It has taken some time to learn how to grow Graciano in our soil, but with this eigth release we feel we’ve nailed it. A very distinctive wine and one that performs well in the TSG blend, but also spectacular as a varietal in a vintage such as this.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: N/A
Mount Majura is one of the most exciting producers in Canberra. They are quickly gaining fame for producing top class Rieslings and alternative varieties with sensational value across the range. Their obsessive focus on the terroir of their special vineyard is unique, and the resulting wines are spectacular.
Canberra. A mountain of potential. A sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. We have some absolute geniuses to thank for developing this region. People have taken notice. Canberra wine is some serious gear. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a bunch of emerging varieties in the ground excelling, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.
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