Region: McLaren Vale
This wine type is a somewhat dying breed in McLaren Vale. Less wineries are going with the single Grenache variety tending to blend it with more domineering wine types like Shiraz, but it is such an epic little grape that does well in both the Barossa and McLaren Vale and offers different flavors depending from which area you source it from.
I will do a write up on Grenache grapes like I did with Shiraz in the near future. For now let’s discuss this wine.
The Basket Pressed Grenache is such a lovely wine displaying what cooler conditions and a little TLC can do in making such a great wine. Basket Pressing is an old technique, but it is a gentle process, which extracts the raw grape juice out of the wine, leaving a sweeter fruit and less of the bitterness from the modern day processes.
This wine displays characters of red cherry and blackberry on the nose. Leave the wine a little longer to breath, and hints of turned earth and licorice come into play.
You often tend to think that Grenache grown in a cooler climate would display a higher level of acid on the palate, but no! This wine is well rounded and quite juicy. The fruits you smell upon the nose are transmitted onto the palate also. Such a beautiful display of Grenache from old McLaren Vale vines.
I myself, fancy McLaren Vale Grenache compared to that of the Barossa. However, each have their own merits. If you have not tried a straight Grenache before, then I suggest this would be a good place to start. We often find that this grape gets mixed up with the likes of Shiraz and Mourvèdre offering it’s earthy quality to big fruits and aromatic floral wines, or alternatively in fortified wines because this grape loves heat and can take a torturing, but please take my word and try it by itself, and with that, this is a beautiful wine to start with.
This Vintage is drinking well now, but will also last another 5 years.
The SA Wine Guy