2021 In Praise of Shadows Mankai Touriga Graciano Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

A joyfully fresh red comprised of vibrant Grenache, delish Graciano, marvellous Monastrell and buxom Touriga.



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So individual. So energetic. Outstanding. Get amongst it.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Touriga Nacional, Graciano, Monastrell and Grenache come together here in a crisp and minerally red from McLaren Vale. It's a marriage of three different vineyards, multiple different winemaking approaches, and all sorts of vibrant deliciousness.

Some of the fruit is co-fermented, some of it is left on skins for three weeks, some of it seeks carbonic maceration and time in oak, then it all gets blended together to become the perfect red fruited, aromatic and easy drinking red. A lick of spice, too, a hint of stony minerality and a whole lot of joyful drinking at a stupidly good price.

The perfect wine to share in good company, and versatile drinking too. Pop it in the fridge or enjoy it at room temperature - the choice is yours!

About In Praise of Shadows

Inspired by the Japanese literary masterpiece of the same name, In Praise of Shadows is, for want of a better term, a philosophical wine passion project from Rob Mack and Brett Trewartha.

Their range is sourced from established vineyards around McLaren Vale, many of which are certified organic and bioydnamic.

The philosophical aspect is centred around simplicity and natural energy - the wines are lo-fi, vegan-friendly, unfined, unfiltered, and are a true reflection of the natural environment in which they were the born.

Beautiful vineyard setting
Beautiful vineyard setting
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

‘Mankai’ translates to ‘full bloom’ in Japanese, the period when the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) are fully open.

Touriga / Graciano Co-Ferment -Edgehill Vineyard, Willunga (Organic)
Monastrell – Springs Hill, Blewitt Springs
Grenache – Jericho Vineyard, Blewitt Springs
Grenache – Springs Hill, Blewitt Springs

Blend : Grenache (48%), Monastrell (31%), Touriga and Graciano (21%)
ABV : 13.3%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"So much ozone, or petrichor, here, which is so appealing. Red berries, a little liquorice and spice. Medium-bodied, at most, fresh and crisp, slightly earthy, hazelnuts, spiced poached strawberry and red cherry, emery board tannin, a distinct ‘mineral’ feel, and a cool spicy/savoury finish of brightness and excellent length. So individual. So energetic. Outstanding. Get amongst it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Blend of garnacha, monastrell, touriga and graciano. A slurpy wine with a bristle of tannin and squeegee of maritime salinity, for freshness. Reminiscent of something poured with gusto over a bar in the south of France. Lilac, crisp nori, blue-to-purple fruit allusions and some dried thyme scattered across the slightly edgy finish. Just a bit hollow. I'd be drinking this with a good chill and a giddy smile at the ready for the next glass." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    Love it but drinks too fast

    Love it but drinks too fast

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