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Graciano has become something of a hobby horse for Frank Van der Loo. He’s giving the variety every chance to become a household name and making one of the best examples in the country.
It makes a great blending component due to its high acid levels, inherent spice and renowned ageing potential.
The 2015 is made in a ‘Joven’ style, very little oak, bright fruit, structural but fresh-faced.
It’s a wine that really needs food to come into its own, but once paired with a delicious plate of cured meats and manchego cheese, just watch it take flight.
What It Tastes Like
Loads of flowery, herb garden aromatics with a lovely core of sweet berries in the center. Spices galore. The tannins are tight, the acidity it pristine and pinpoint. There’s a corkscrew of orange peel flavour through the finish. Interesting wine.
91 points “This wine has me in two minds, but I settled on ‘yeah, I like it’. It’s sort of washy in texture to the point of rained out, but the incredible perfume, somewhere between Fernet Branca and red cherry/red currants has me in locked in. Crunchy texture is spot on too, as is the amaro tilt to the acidity that leaves the wine perky, really refreshing and crisp. Spicy, almost numbing peppery, red fruited, fresh, wickedly drinkable, but perhaps just a little shy on grape flavour. Never mind, you’ll drain the bottle in no time.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Deep spicy red fruit flavours sing through the length of this wine, adorned with all sorts of savoury aromas: bay, szechuan pepper, and roast meat. Fresh, vibrant, elegant and long.
Graciano originates in 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.
Graciano performs well in the TSG blend, but is also very distinctive as a varietal wine and ages well. This is our tenth release of Graciano.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
About the Producer
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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