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As Campbell Mattinson said, "Some wines just hit the nail square on. This is one such wine." The Other Wine Co.'s mantra is all about 'the right grape grown in the right place', and you don't get too much more right grape / right place than Grenache from McLaren Vale. Their other guiding light is ensuring they pick the fruit at optimal ripeness - not at all overripe - so as to retain all the grape's natural aromatics and acid from these 45-year-old vines. It the very model of the modern, fresh and vibrant style of Grenache that McLaren Vale is becoming ever more synonymous with. If you're a fan of bright and juicy Grenache then jump on this wine - it's a bargain.
What it Tastes Like
"Some wines just hit the nail square on. This is one such wine. It’s both fresh and textural, lively and substantial enough. You taste it and think: yes. It flows where it needs to, gathers where it must, persists when it’s all on the line. There’s quite a deal of fine-grained tannin and yet its dryness never interrupts the argument in favour of the wine’s quality, or its drinkability. It gives light- to medium-bodied red wine a good name." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points. "Some wines just hit the nail square on. This is one such wine. It’s both fresh and textural, lively and substantial enough. You taste it and think: yes. It flows where it needs to, gathers where it must, persists when it’s all on the line. There’s quite a deal of fine-grained tannin and yet its dryness never interrupts the argument in favour of the wine’s quality, or its drinkability. It gives light- to medium-bodied red wine a good name." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front) "What does 25 bucks get you these days? A couple of dollars change from a plate of smashed avocado and feta on toast, perhaps. Or a bottle of delicious red wine. I know which I’d choose... A side-project for the winemakers at Shaw and Smith in the Adelaide Hills, this is also made from McLaren Vale grapes, and it’s a lovely expression of grape and place: some bright spices sprinkled over round red plummy fruit. Bung a few more of those skewers on the grill." - Max Allen (The Australian) 91 points "Fruit is sourced from Blewitt Springs, with some whole bunches in the blend. It’s every bit the joven style red, with a cascade of purple, vibrant Grenache fruit. Grape Hubba Bubba, black jubes and then a gently fruity and open palate. What I wasn’t prepared for was the tannins, which are grippy and life-giving. Those tannins transport this from simple quaff into a marvel of lively fruit and energy. Drink now and revel in the joy. Would I buy it? Surely would. I could drink loads of this." - Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)
45-year-old vines in Blewitt Springs. Low yields and handpicking. Open ferments, as a combination of whole berries and whole bunches.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
About the Producer
The Other Wine Co.
The Other Wine Co. is a side label from the team that brings you iconic Adelaide Hills label Shaw & Smith and the revered Tolpuddle label from Tasmania. The wines in the Other Wine Co. range are made from the right varieties grown in the right place. By carefully selecting for the right regional/varietal pairings, the team is able to explore more approachable and readily drinkable wine styles than the more ‘serious’ wines in the sibling labels.
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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