2020 Heirloom Alcala McLaren Vale Grenache

Highly Rated
Wonderful, textured complex Grenache from McLaren Vale. Aromatic, mineral and deeply concentrated.

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Wow, this was a glorious wine. The recipe was old vine McLaren Vale Grenache, fermented all on whole bunches and matured in quality French oak.

The final wine is simply awesome. Huge aromatics of blackberry, wildflowers, pot pourri and a touch of cedary spice. Sniff not twice but thrice.

The mouthfeel is both fine and powerful with great tannin and acidity throughout. Plush, warm dark fruits entwine with a mineral line and magic carpet of flowing flavours.

Don't be in a rush to drink, a few years in the cellar would do wonders.

The Heirloom Vineyards Alcala McLaren Vale Grenache was produced from our best McLaren Vale Vineyard whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, whole-bunch fermented, basket pressed and stored in French oak barrels from bespoke coopers.

The plushness and generosity of the grenache fruit is brilliantly displayed across the palate, but it is also brilliantly offset by plating tannins and an in-and-out running acidity. All of these qualities crash balletically together at the end of the palate, as if a well-practised circus troupe: cherried fruits, puckering tannins, and piquant acidity. Whole bunch extended maceration, integrated and balanced with fruit.

Region: McLaren Vale, SA
Blend: Grenache (100%)
ABV: 14.50%
Bottle Size:

92 Points - "A bright and clear medium ruby colour. Lavender, blue fruits and smoked-meats on the nose. The palate is medium to full-weighted, smoked and charred meats, blackberries and dried herbs wash throughout. A well-built interplay of bright acid and savoury tannins gives a sense of tension, which in turn runs it long into the finish. Still all very primary so give it some cellar time for now." Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

95 Points - "Outstanding grenache. Ribbed with tannin, beautifully fruited without being remotely overdone, spicy, fragrant and impressively persistent. Savoury, meaty, spice-strewn red berried flavours of genuine presence. High quality without a shadow of a doubt. Tannin framework of equal class." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

92 Points - "Whole-bunch fermented; basket pressed; matured in French barrels. Bright, clear crimson. The perfumed bouquet and palate have raspberry and red cherry fruits to the fore, but don't drive the finish as well as expected - slightly warm." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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