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At the current rate of excellent releases, it won’t be long before McLaren Vale is known more for its Grenache and Grenache based blends than for it’s Shiraz - it is only a matter of time. But for now at least, while the secret is still relatively under wraps, you can pick up amazing wines like this GSM from Lino Ramble at an absolute steal.
The fruit for this wine was grown sustainably and it was made with a low-tech philosophy. Gentle basket pressing, wild fermentation in old wood; the purity and character of the fruit was preserved at every point in the process during the making of this wonderful wine.
In his brief but emphatic 94 point review of this wine, Gary Walsh closes simply with, “Chateauneuf eat your heart out.”. And if that doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will.
What It Tastes Like
“Scorched Peanut Bar, raspberries and cherries, some dried herb, hazelnuts. Medium bodied, nutty, glycerol feel but with slaty tannin to keep it trim. Succulent. Long. Chateauneuf eat your heart out.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
95 points & special value star. “It’s sweet and savoury, finely tannic and yet succulent all at once. It drinks beautifully. The combination of light and shade is beguiling.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. “Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro.
Scorched Peanut Bar, raspberries and cherries, some dried herb, hazelnuts. Medium bodied, nutty, glycerol feel but with slaty tannin to keep it trim. Succulent. Long. Chateauneuf eat your heart out.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Region: McLaren Vale
Vineyard: Olivers Seaview Road Vineyard.
Blend: Grenache 70%, Shiraz 20%, Mataro 10%
Nose: Medium to full intensity, blackberry morello cherry, thyme and wet earth.
Palate: Medium to full intensity, ripe cherries all the way – round and warm mouth feel. Thyme, peppercorn and rich loam.
Food Match: Slow cooked pork shoulder.
Winemaking : This was the first time we processed at Tim Geddes new Winery in McLaren Flat and we were a bit short on room at the winery. He had just had the power hooked up a couple of days before vintage started, so we ended up fermenting the Shiraz and Mataro in old French barriques with the heads taken out. The Grenache came in a week later which went into an open fermenter and we pressed the whole lot together in the most glorious of basket presses we’ve ever used before. 9 months maturation in the old French barriques with the heads back in.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Lino Ramble is the exciting creation of eccentric duo Andy Coppard (Winemaker) and Angela Townsend (self-proclaimed “Engine Driver”) born amongst the picturesque landscape of McLaren Vale. Their wines are built on the philosophy that “The right variety grown in right place, farmed in a sustainable fashion” is going to produce the best fruit and it looks like a winning formula. They focus on the classic Rhone varieties that have built the reputation of “The Vale” as well as adventuring into the realms of the likes of Nero d’Avola. Their wines have a distinct, textural feel and are brilliantly packaged and first class value for money.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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