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Matt East’s wine story is a tale of two halves. The first chapter tells of his days growing up on the Yarra Valley vineyard planted by his father. The second is his time spent rolling through McLaren Vale wine country during his days working full-time in the region.
Matt loves McLaren Vale so it was inevitable that an old vine Grenache would make its way into his wine label.
His Grenache is vibrant yet finely detailed with fine architecture. Another simply gorgeous iteration of Grenache from these parts, and one worthy of 94 points from Andrew Graham.
With releases like this, it’s no wonder Rouleur was named one of James Halliday’s Top 10 Best New Wineries in 2017. His is a label to watch, to be sure.
What It Tastes Like
“Lovely bright fruit indeed here. Gee 2016 McLaren Vale Grenache looks good! Lift, violet and berry fragrance – it’s like a Grenache essence, and with gentle savoury tannins to match. Those tannins linger too, in a wonderfully fine grippy fashion. This is great mid-weight wine with energy and structure. Just delicious anytime wine, that should be celebrated for its vibrancy. Would I buy it? Absolutely.” - Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
95 points. “52yo bushvines, gently crushed and destemmed with 20% whole bunches on top, 3 days cold soak, open-fermented with cultured yeast, two ferments, one with 7 days post-ferment maceration, the other conventional 10 days, matured in used hogsheads for 11 months. Grenache a la McLaren Vale, with its unique expression, particularly if the Langhorne Creek is kept at or below 14.5%. The vinification was complex, but totally successful, with red and purple fruits supported by gently savoury tannins. Fills the mouth, but doesn’t cloy.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
94 points. “Lovely bright fruit indeed here. Gee 2016 McLaren Vale Grenache looks good! Lift, violet and berry fragrance – it’s like a Grenache essence, and with gentle savoury tannins to match. Those tannins linger too, in a wonderfully fine grippy fashion. This is great mid-weight wine with energy and structure. Just delicious anytime wine, that should be celebrated for its vibrancy. Would I buy it? Absolutely.”
- Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
Our 2016 vintage Grenache hails from a single dry grown vineyard in McLaren Flat. Planted in 1964 on ancient soil, this picturesque site is a welcome addition to the Rouleur group of vineyards.
20% whole bunches. 10 days on skins. 100% old French coopered hogsheads for maturation.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
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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