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The more fleet-footed stylings of McLaren Vale Grenache that are becoming so popular now are some of the most smashable red wines in the Australian zeitgeist.
This offering from young winemaker Robert Cragg tracks in this vein. It’s from a single vineyard and presents in the bright and juicy red-fruited style that makes Grenache the ultimate in glugability, though there’s plenty of structure here as well to keep it on the straight and narrow.
Robert is only young, this is one of his first releases from his Cragg Cru operation, but the future looks bright if this loveable wine is anything to go by.
Only 75 dozen made.
What It Tastes Like
“Sweet spice, green herbs, red currants, red cherries, pomegranate. Chewy and fine in the palate, dried out, dusty. Red berries. Juiciness then dry. Firm sort of thing.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
89 points. “Sweet spice, green herbs, red currants, red cherries, pomegranate. Chewy and fine in the palate, dried out, dusty. Red berries. Juiciness then dry. Firm sort of thing.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
This wine displays colourful hues of strawberry toffee and raspberry glace. The wine has savoury characters such as vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon as well as displaying blackberries and dragon fruit. The palate is complex and savoury with red fruit confectonary filling the mouth. The blanace between the acid and the tannins adds subtlety and length.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
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.
Grenache is the great sleeping giant of Australian red wine. We are the custodians of the oldest producing Grenache vines in the world, some ancient vineyards planted as far back as the 1850’s. Modern Australian Grenache is a different beast to the wines of yesteryear, they are more youthful and vibrant, showing bright red fruit characters, silky tannins and a delicious array of spices. With the viticultural resources we have at our disposal in this country, Australia can be one of the world’s leading producers of this variety, making wines that easily rival the best of Europe.
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