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McLaren Vale Grenache is on the up and up. With the sandy soils of the Blewitt Springs sub-region recently producing some of the most lively and vivacious Grenache ever, the time to get amongst these delicious med-bodied reds is now. The Vanguardist "C'est Facile" Grenache is grown on the ocean side of the hill which produces the Yangarra High Sands Grenache (one of the country's finest). This is the modern face of Grenache from this region, bright, energetic and undeniably delicious.
What it Tastes Like
"Excellent grenache. Not thick or in any way overdone. Ripe and expressive yet fine-boned; and that’s the wine’s key. Shot with spice, red cherry, redcurrant and mineral. Smoke-infused in a subtle/integrated way. Gamey tannin complements and enhances the picture. As delicious as it is impressive." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93 points. "Excellent grenache. Not thick or in any way overdone. Ripe and expressive yet fine-boned; and that’s the wine’s key. Shot with spice, red cherry, redcurrant and mineral. Smoke-infused in a subtle/integrated way. Gamey tannin complements and enhances the picture. As delicious as it is impressive." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front) 93 points. "There’s a real freshness to this wine with bright, linear black cherry and blackberry fruit, plus hints of sappy greenness, fine spices and ginger. It’s superbly drinkable, with silky texture and a fresh, pure personality. Elegant and quite Pinot Noir-like, with focused fruit but also a hint of warmth, and just enough structure and acidity to keep things well balanced. A lovely wine." - Jamie Goode (Wine Anorak)
The sandy soils of Blewitt Springs vineyards accentuates the feminine side of Grenache. Several 1 tonne ferments were used in the making of this wine. A lot of the inspiration for this wine came from Beaujolais. 100% whole bunch, untouched ferment and maceration of about one month, prior to going through the basket press to old puncheons. A small amount of destemmed and hand plunged fruit was used, as well as an extended maceration portion that spent 5 months on skins. Bright, crunchy, varietal, light was the MO for the 16CFG. Whole bunch, delicate handling, old oak, gravity racked and bottled were the techniques used.
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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