The 2012 Strapper is a blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 25% Mataro. The varieties are picked separately and fermented in small batches – some in oak, others in stainless steel. The latter probably accounts for a significant proportion of the joyous, fresh nature of the wine. With or without food, this is just so much fun.
Raspberry coulis, blueberries, red earth, milk chocolate, tar and toasted spice. Oak interference is minimal. Medium bodied and animated by brittle acidity and sandy tannin. Glug away but pause now and again to consider just how good the wine is for the price. 91
Tasted: November 2013